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Papal prayers for Balkan flood victims

May 19, 2014

As tens of thousands of residents of the Balkans fled their homes amid record flooding, Pope Francis prayed for the victims at the conclusion of his May 18 Regina Caeli address.

“Severe floods have devastated large areas of the Balkans, especially in Serbia and Bosnia,” he said. “As I entrust to the Lord the victims of this calamity, I express my personal closeness to those who living through hours of anguish and tribulation.”

The Pope then asked those in St. Peter’s Square to join him in praying a Hail Mary for the victims.


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