Pope prays for quake victims

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Pope Francis cancels a speech he was to have given at his general audience and instead prays with the crowd for victims and survivors of Italy’s devastating earthquake. Subtitled Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Pope prays for quake victims

SUBTITLED ROUGH CUT (no reporter narration)

STORY: Pope Francis, saddened by the earthquake that devastated central Italy, on Wednesday (August 24) cancelled a speech he was to have given at his general audience and instead prayed with the crowd for victims and survivors.

“I have heard about the news of the earthquake which has hit central Italy, devastating entire areas, and leaving people dead and injured. I cannot fail to voice my great pain and my closeness to all the people that are in the areas hit by the earthquake, and to all the people who have lost their loved ones and those who still feel moved by fear and terror,” he told tens of thousands of people who had gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his general audience.

“Hearing the mayor of Amatrice say that the town no longer exists and hearing that there are children among the victims, I am deeply saddened,” the pope said.

Amatrice and close-by Accumoli were two of the mountain towns hit by the quake, which struck in the middle of the night and devastated a string of mountain villages.

Francis said he would postpone his weekly address on religious teachings until next week and asked the crowd to pray the rosary with him for the victims of the quake.

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