The pilgrimage of families to Rome as part of the Year of Faith concluded on Sunday with the Holy Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square, which was crowded with participants as were Via della Conciliazione and the adjacent streets. Up to 150,000 people. The Pope challenged Christian families to pray together even when life is a race against time and called for “a patient love”.

Bulgaria is building a fence in part of its border with Turkey to thwart the entry of illegal migrants, most of them asylum seekers flying from the war in Syria. The facility is a 107 km wire fence between the towns of Lesovo and Kraynovo and will be ready by February next year. Over 8,000 Syrian asylum seekers already crossed the border.