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Pope Francis heads to Egypt on Friday with a peace and mercy message for Muslims and Christians

Pope Francis heads to Egypt on Friday with a peace and mercy message for Muslims and Christians

In video posted online this week by the Vatican, Pope Francis sounds excited about his two-day trip to Egypt starting Friday, despite recent terrorist attacks.

“As salaam alaikum — peace be with you!…Thank you for having invited me to visit Egypt, which you call Umm al Dunya, Mother of the World,” the pope read from prepared remarks in Italian as he sat behind a desk at the Vatican. “Our world, torn by blind violence, which has also afflicted the heart of your dear land, needs peace, love and mercy.”

This will be the first papal trip to the Muslim-majority nation since Pope John Paul II visited in 2000. Pope Francis...

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