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Pope might make surprise visits to war zones, says Secretary of State

April 22, 2014

Pope Francis might make surprise visits to war zones, if he thinks that his presence could help to bring peace, suggests the Vatican’s Secretary of State.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin is quoted in a new Italian book as saying that Pope Francis would be willing to help “with his presence, even in an impromptu way,” to bring peace to realms of conflict. Cardinal Parolin observed that Pope Francis has frequently surprised the world, and has also drawn broad support for his peacekeeping efforts—most notably, his call for a worldwide day of prayer for peace in Syria on September 7, 2013.


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