Pope prays for victims of attacks in Burkina Faso, Indonesia

Pope prays for victims of attacks in Burkina Faso, IndonesiaA man waves a flag of Eritrea in front of the Apostolic palace where Pope Francis is delivering the Angelus noon prayer in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016. The pontiff is recalling the victims of attacks by extremists last week in Burkina Faso and Indonesia. Francis led a prayer for the dead when he greeted a crowd of faithful in St. Peter?s Square Sunday. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is praying for the victims of attacks by extremists in Burkina Faso and Indonesia.

Francis led a prayer for the dead Sunday when he greeted a crowd of faithful in St. Peter’s Square. He says he is also praying that the international community’s efforts toward building peace find support.

The pope says of the victims: “May the Lord welcome them into his house.”

At least 28 people died last week in the attack by al-Qaida-linked extremists on a hotel and cafe in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou. Eight others perished in a suicide bombing and gunfire attacks by Muslim militants in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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