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Pope Appeals for Syria, Prays Population Be Spared Additional Suffering

Laments Grave Situation in Syria, Affecting Schools, Hospitals, and Causing More Refugees

Pope Francis has renewed his appeal for the Syrian population. 

Following the recitation of the Angelus, in St. Peter’s Square on July 1, 2018, he stressed: “The situation in Syria remains grave, in particular in the province of Deraa, where the military action of the past days has also affected schools and hospitals, and caused thousands of new refugees.” 

“I renew,”  the Holy Father added, “with my prayer my appeal so that the population is spared more sufferings, already harshly tried for years.”

Over the past days, Bachar el-Assad’s regime has continued its offensive against the rebels in Deraa, near the Jordanian border.

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a 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 four languages). She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, EWTN and Salt & Light. For 'The Other Francis': https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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