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Pope praises witness of 10 athletes on Refugee Olympic Team

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In a personal message addressed to each of the 10 members of the new Refugee Olympic Team, Pope Francis wished them success in their events and thanked them for the witness they are giving the world.

Naming each of the team's athletes from South Sudan, Syria, Congo and Ethiopia, Francis said he had read some of the interviews with team members "so that I could get closer to your lives and your aspirations."

Pope calls attack on Nice act of 'blind violence'

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Pope Francis condemned the attack on Bastille Day Celebrations in France, calling it an act of "blind violence."

The pope expressed his "deep sorrow" and "spiritual closeness" with the French people in a message to Bishop Andre Marceau of Nice, signed by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state. Pope Francis entrusted the victims and their families to God's mercy.

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