Pope leads prayer for Turkey attack victims

AP , Sunday 21 Aug 2016

Pope Francis leads prayer for Turkey attack victims
Pope Francis waves to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's square at the Vatican from the window of his appartment during his Sunday Angelus prayer on August 21, 2016 (AFP)

Pope Francis has led hundreds of people in silent prayer for the victims of the Turkish wedding attack.

At his weekly Sunday noontime blessing, Francis said he had heard the "sad news" of the attack. After a moment of silent prayer, Francis led tourists and pilgrims in St. Peter's Square in reciting the Ave Maria.

He concluded by asking "for the gift of peace for everyone."

Turkey's president has blamed the Islamic State group for the bombing of an outdoor wedding party near Syria's border that killed 50 people and wounded dozens of others.

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