Pope Prays for Victims of Ferry Disaster

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Pope Francis on Saturday offered his condolences to the families of victims in the ferry disaster off Korea's southwest coast.

"Please join me in praying for the victims of the ferry disaster in Korea and their families," the pontiff tweeted just ahead of Easter Sunday.

Twitter followers around the world joined the pope in his call for prayers. Francis has 12.2 million followers.

The Holy See on Thursday last week, one day after the disaster, told the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Korea that the pope was greatly saddened by the damage and distress and extends his condolences to the bereaved families and the families of the missing passengers.

englishnews@chosun.com / Apr. 21, 2014 12:38 KST