Pontiff prays for victims after violent crackdown in Cairo

Pope Francis has called for “peace, dialogue and reconciliation” in Egypt following the bloody crackdown by security forces on protesters loyal to deposed president Mohammed Morsi.

Speaking at the end of his Angelus address in the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, where the Pope had just celebrated an open-air mass to mark the Solemnity of Mary’s Assumption into Heaven, he said: “Unfortunately, sad news has come from Egypt. I wish to ensure my prayers for all the victims and their families, the injured and all those who are suffering.

“Let us pray together for peace, dialogue and reconciliation in that dear nation and throughout the world. Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us. Let’s all say it, Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us.”

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