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At Audience, Pope Asks Prayers for Victims of Earthquake in Pakistan, Afghanistan

Death toll at more than 360, and rising

Following today’s general audience, Pope Francis made an appeal for the populations of Pakistan and Afghanistan, afflicted by a major earthquake that struck Monday.

“Let us pray for the deceased, their families, and for all the injured and homeless, imploring consolation in suffering and courage in adversity. May there be no lack of concrete solidarity for these, our brothers,” the Pope said.

The magnitude-7.5 earthquake struck South Asia on Monday afternoon, killing more than 360 people and injuring more than 2,000 others.

The death toll continues to rise, as officials in Pakistan and Afghanistan are trying to reach hard-hit communities in remote, mountainous areas.

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