Pope sends condolences for S.Korea ferry victims

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Pope Francis presides the Celebration of the Way of the Cross on Good Friday on April 18, 2014 at the Colosseum in Rome. AFP Photo / Alberto Pizzoli
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Pope Francis on Saturday voiced condolences for the victims of a ferry disaster in South Korea, where 273 people are missing and 29 have been confirmed dead.

"Please join me in praying for the victims of the ferry disaster in Korea and their families," Francis said in a tweet published on his Twitter account @pontifex.

Francis is due to make a five-day visit in August to South Korea, which has more than five million Catholics -- around 10 percent of the population.

He will be the first pope to visit Asia since John Paul II. His predecessor Benedict XVI did not travel there during his eight-year pontificate.

On Good Friday the pontiff attended an emotional night of prayers for hot-button social issues including domestic abuse, prison overcrowding and unemployment in Rome.

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The candle-lit Way of the Cross procession ceremony was held outside the Colosseum in Rome in memory of the Christians killed for their faith.

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