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Pope prays for the 'love parade' victims

Pope Benedict XVI

As he prayed , the Pope said that his thoughts and prayers were with those who lost their lives at a music festival in Duisburg, Germany.

He prayed for the victims during his Sunday Angelus in the Courtyard of the Papal Summer Residence in the Roman Hills.

Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday  conveyed his deep sorrow over the deaths of young People who died in his native Germany while attending an annual music festival.

The Holy Father has offered prayers for tragic loss of young lives and said he was praying for all those who were crushed during a panicked stampede at the Duisburg event on Saturday evening.

Aside from the death tolls, hundreds of people were also reported injured in the crush in an overcrowded tunnel that was considered as the sole entrance to the festival and added he was also praying for them and for the families of all the victims at this time of great suffering.

The Pope was born in Bavaria, Germany.