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Pope to visit EU Parliament

Thu 11 Sep 2014
By Antony Bushfield

Pope Francis has accepted an invitation to speak at the European Parliament.

The pontiff was asked to give a speech to the assembly in Strasbourg by the European Parliament President.

A special session will be held on November 25 for the Holy Father to give his address.

The visit is days before a rumoured trip by the Pope to Turkey.

Vatican officials will not comment on suggestions Francis could visit the country on November 30 to mark a Christian Holy Day there.

There's still been no official invitation but if the Pope does go it could mean he'd visit refugee camps housing persecuted Iraqi Christians.

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