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Francis dedicated the last leg of his visit to Romania to the Roma community. “For all those times in history when we have discriminated, mistreated or looked askance at you, with the look of Cain rather than that of Abel, and were unable to acknowledge you, to value you and to defend you in your uniqueness.”

| 02/06/2019
| ROMANIA – VATICAN

On his last day in Romania, Francis beatified seven Greek Catholic bishops, martyred under the Communist regime. “May you be witnesses of freedom and mercy, allowing fraternity and dialogue to prevail over divisions, and fostering the fraternity of blood that arose in the period of suffering, when Christians, historically divided, drew closer and more united to one another.”

| 02/06/2019
| ROMANIA - VATICAN
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| 22/06/2020
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| CHINA
 
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| ASIA
 
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| INDIA
 
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| TURKEY
 
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