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Pope Makes Impassioned Appeals for Syria & China During General Audience

‘Syria has been bleeding for years. Let us pray for Syria’

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Pope Francis has renewed his appeal for the Syrian population, and has made another appeal for China. 

Toward the end of his General Audience this morning, Feb. 12, 2020, in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall, he stressed: “I would like everyone at this moment to pray for the beloved and tormented Syria.”

“Many families, many elderly, children, must flee the war,” Francis decried, lamenting: “Syria has been bleeding for years. Let us pray for Syria.”

“Also a prayer,” Pope Francis said, “for our Chinese brothers who suffer from this cruel disease.”

“May they find the way to recovery as soon as possible,” he concluded.

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': or

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