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'He brought his blessing to Egypt.' Pope Francis embraces Muslim leaders in two-day visit

'He brought his blessing to Egypt.' Pope Francis embraces Muslim leaders in two-day visit

Pope Francis left Egypt charmed after a high-stakes, two-day visit during which he embraced Muslim leaders, challenged religious extremists and waved to fans from a blue Fiat instead of his armored popemobile.

“Everyone was really touched with his sincerity,” said Vivian Gobran, 41, of Cairo, after attending a Mass that Francis celebrated at the suburban Air Defense Stadium on Saturday before he departed. “He brought his blessing to Egypt.”

“As I leave Egypt, I wish to express my deep gratitude to your excellency and to all the beloved Egyptian people for your warm welcome and hospitality,” said the pope in a farewell message to President Abdel Fattah Sisi. “With the assurance...

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