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Pope to Go to Bari for Ecumenical Encounter for Peace on July 7th

Announcing Trip, Greg Burke Says It Will Be a Day of Prayer and Reflection for Middle East

Pope Francis will go to Bari in Southern Italy for Ecumenical Encounter for Peace on July 7th, announced Holy See Press Office Director Greg Burke to journalists present during the Council of Cardinals briefing.

The Vatican spokesman stressed that it will be a day of prayer and reflection for the situation in the Middle East and that local Church Leaders are to be invited.

The Press Office then released the following statement: “On July 7th, the Holy Father will go to Bari, on the Eastern coast of Italy that is home to the relics of St. Nicholas, for a day of reflection and prayer on the dramatic situation in the Middle East that afflicts so many brothers and sisters in the faith. ”

“At this ecumenical meeting for peace, he intends to invite the Heads of Churches and Christian communities of that region. From now on, Pope Francis exhorts us to prepare for this event with prayer.”


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). 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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