Pope Francis leads mass for thousands of Egyptian Catholics

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Cairo, April 30
Pope Francis led a jubilant mass for thousands of Egyptian Catholics on Saturday during a visit to support the country`s embattled Christian minority and promote dialogue with Muslims. The visit, coming after the Islamic State group killed dozens of worshippers in three Egyptian church bombings in December and April, provided the beleaguered Christians with an occasion to celebrate. A crowd of about 15,000 people cheered and released yellow and white balloons with Francis, flanked by security, circling the Cairo stadium on a golf cart and waving to the crowds as a chorus sang a joyous hymn.The smiling pontiff was then greeted by a group of children wearing pharaonic head dresses. For the liturgy, Francis first kissed an altar then listened to passages from the Acts of Apostles, which tells the story of the church`s founding, before delivering a sermon on faith, charity and tolerance.

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