Below is the Vatican-provided text of the Holy Father’s last discourse in Bari on July 7, 2018. It followed the private dialogue with Christian leaders and patriarchs representing Middle East Christians to reflect and pray for the region today, in the southern Italian city of Bari, where the Pope convoked a day of prayer for peace and reflection for the Middle East with the regions’ Christian leaders:
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I am most grateful for this moment. Christians in the Middle East. This presence will be all the more prophetic to the extent that it bears witness to Jesus, the Prince of Peace (see Is 9: 5). Jesus does

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