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The Mass at Casa Santa Marta was held for H.B. Youssef to make the apostolic communion as the father of the Greek Melkite Catholic Church to embrace the apostle Peter and be in communion with him. It was also a Mass for persecuted Christians, especially those in the Middle East. The Pope also offered the Mass for H.B. Youssef’s ministry.

H.B. Youssef expressed his gratitude and that of the Greek Melkite Catholic bishops to Pope Francis “for this beautiful Mass of communion”, “fraternal charity, the gestures of fraternity and solidarity that he demonstrated to our Church” and a promise “to always keep you in our hearts, in the hearts of all of us, clergy and faithful”.

[Source: http://www.vaticannews.va/it/papa-francesco/messa-santa-marta/2018-02/papa-patriarca-youssef-messa-casa-santa-marta-13-febbraio-2018.html]

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