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Pope Francis Encourages Initiative for Syria Through Caritas Poland

A Bus With Young People from Persecuted Country

Pope Francis has encouraged a Polish initiative to help Syria, especially victims of persecution.

At his General Audience on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, the Pope welcomed a delegation from Caritas Poland, who came to Rome with young Syrians, aboard the “Young Carita Bus,” a “mobile embassy of Caritas Youth,” to launch the campaign “to sensitize society to the problems of the poorest.”

The initiative, the Holy Father said, promotes “youth volunteering and helping victims of persecution in Syria.”

The Young Caritas Bus, which he blessed during the meeting, will transport a statue of Our Lady of Aleppo.

“During the prayers of May,” Pope Francis urged, “entrust to Mary, Queen of Poland, the life of the Church, your fatherland and your families.” He also said to pray for peace in the world, and in a special way in the Middle East.

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a 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 four languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. 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, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': or

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