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Pope Francis prays for victims of attacks in Egypt, UK

Pope Francis on Sunday called for prayers for the victims of separate attacks in central Egypt and Manchester which have killed over 50 people in the past week. 

Speaking to pilgrims gathered in St Peter’s Square for the Regina Caeli, Francis expressed his solidarity with Egypt's Coptic Christians, and the entire nation, which on Friday suffered "another act of ferocious violence".

Pope Francis addresses the masses at St Peter's Square, praying for victims of attacks in Egypt and the UK. (Photo: Vatican Radio/ANSA)

Twenty-nine people, including many children, were killed following an attack on a bus carrying Coptic pilgrims to the monastery of Saint Samuel the Confessor in remote Minya province. 

Pope Francis says they will be remembered as martyrs. 'The victims, amongst whom were also children, were killed after having refused to renounce their Christian faith,' he said, adding a prayer that God 'may welcome these courageous witnesses, these martyrs, in His peace and convert the hearts of the terrorists.'

Referring to the May 22 attack on concert-goers in Manchester, which killed 22 people, Pope Francis also said he is 'close to the relatives and all those who are weeping for the dead.'

He called for prayers for the victims and their families, lamenting that 'so many young lives were cruelly broken.'


Read more: Vatican Radio

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