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Pope Francis prays for victims of deadly Johannesburg fire

Pope Francis on Wednesday offered his prayers for victims of the fire in Johannesburg, that killed over 70 people. The pontiff’s words came after a fire engulfed a five-storey apartment block on Thursday last week. The building was gutted, blackened by soot and still smoldering the next day when bodies lay covered in blankets on a nearby street.

The building is linked to apartheid-era South Africa, as it was where Black South Africans collected their “dompas” or passbook documents that would enable them to work in white-owned areas of the city.

“It was with deep sorrow that I learned of the fire that broke out in a five-storey building in the city centre of Johannesburg in South Africa in which more than 70 people died, including several children. I invite you to join me in praying for the victims. To the family members, I express my deep condolences and I send a special blessing for them and for those who are working to provide assistance and support,” said the pope.

Source: eNCA

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