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Pope Francis prays for victims of Dhaka, Baghdad attacks

Sunday, July 03, 2016 - 01:06

At his weekly Sunday services, Pope Francis calls on the faithful to pray for the victims of this week's attacks in Bangladesh and Iraq that have left more than 100 people dead. Diane Hodges reports.

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As tens of thousands of people watched in Saint Peter's Square, Pope Francis remembered the victims of gunmen and suicide bombers in Dhaka and Baghdad. During this week's service, the pontiff urged the faithful to pray for those killed and injured in the attacks. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) LEADER OF ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, POPE FRANCIS, SAYING: "Let us pray together for them, for those who died and also to ask the Lord to convert the hearts of the violent, blinded by hatred." On Friday, militants killed 20 people at a restaurant in Bangladesh. On Saturday, at least 82 people were killed and 200 injured in bombings that hit Baghdad, most of them in a blast targeting a busy shopping area as they celebrated Ramadan. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks, and warned citizens of what it called "crusader countries" that they will not be safe as long as what it called, "their aircraft are killing Muslims".

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Pope Francis prays for victims of Dhaka, Baghdad attacks

Sunday, July 03, 2016 - 01:06