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Pope's prayers for Coptic Christians slaughtered by IS

By AP Reporter

Pope Francis has expressed his solidarity with Egypt's Coptic Christians following an attack on a bus carrying pilgrims to a remote desert monastery.

Francis led thousands of people in prayer yesterday for the victims, who Francis said were killed in "another act of ferocious violence" after having refused to renounce their Christian faith.

Speaking from his studio window over St Peter's Square, Francis said: "May the Lord welcome these courageous witnesses, these martyrs, in his peace and convert the hearts of the violent ones."

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for Friday's attack, which killed 29 people.

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