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Pope Francis marks Good Friday

Saturday, April 04, 2015 - 01:21

Pope Francis presides over a Good Friday service in St. Peter's Basilica, a day after 147 people were killed in a university attack in Kenya. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Pope Francis presided at a Good Friday service a day after al-Shabaab Islamist militants attacked a university in Kenya, killing at least 147 people. Initially they killed indiscriminately but they later freed some Muslims and instead targeted Christian students during a siege that lasted about 15 hours. The Passion of the Lord service on Friday (April 3), during which the pope prostrated in prayer on the marble floor of St. Peter's Basilica on the day Christians commemorate Jesus' crucifixion, is one of the few times he listens while someone else preaches. The pope earlier on Friday condemned the Kenyan university attack as "senseless brutality". Francis has also expressed alarm over the plight of Christians targeted for their faith and has said the international community would be justified in using military force as a last resort to stop "unjust aggression" by Islamic State. Later on Friday, Francis is due to lead a candlelight 'Way of the Cross' procession around the ruins of Rome's Colosseum. On Saturday night, the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholic population celebrates an Easter Eve service in St. Peter's Basilica and on Sunday he delivers his twice yearly 'Urbi et Orbi' blessing and message.

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Pope Francis marks Good Friday

Saturday, April 04, 2015 - 01:21