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Pope prays for Brazil after air disaster (2)

Francis compares to Superga crash that devastated great Torino

Pope prays for Brazil after air disaster (2)

Vatican City, November 30 - Pope Francis said Wednesday that he was praying for the victims of this week's plane crash in Colombia. Only six of the 77 people on the plane, which was carrying members of Brazil's Chapecoense team to the Copa Sudamericana final, survived Monday's crash. The pope compared the disaster to the 1949 Superga that killed 22 members, including 18 players, belonging to the so-called great Torino team. "Today I'd like to remember the pain of the Brazilian people for the tragedy of their local team, and pray for the dead players, for their families," Francis said during his weekly general audience. "We recall the Superga (disaster) of 1949. They are tough tragedies. We pray for them".

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