VATICAN CITY, NOV. 15, 2009 ( Benedict XVI is acknowledging today's World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims by offering special prayers for those injured and killed in these accidents.

The Pope stated this today before praying the midday Angelus with the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square.

In recognition of the November holidays, he offered a special prayer for the souls in purgatory, as well as those remembered on Veterans Day, "who lost their lives in war."

The Pontiff continued, "On this World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, we pray for all who have been killed or injured in road accidents."

He affirmed, "As we commend their souls to the loving mercy of Almighty God, we also invoke his consolation upon their families and loved ones."

"For those of you who have travelled long distances to be here today," he added, "I pray that you may have a safe homeward journey."

The Holy Father concluded, "May God bless all of you, and your families and friends."

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