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Pope condemns Italian school bombing, prays for earthquake victims

May 21, 2012

At the conclusion of his Sunday audience on May 20, Pope Benedict XVI condemned the "brutal violence" of a bombing at a school in Brindisi, Italy.

The Pope asked for prayers for the 16-year-old girl who was killed in the "cowardly attack" on Saturday and the others who were injured. Police are looking for the bomber, with initial suspicions focused on the Mafia.

Pope Benedict also sought prayers for the victims of an earthquake in the region of Emilia Romagna, which has caused several deaths and left an estimated 4,000 people homeless.


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