Pope Francis preaches reconciliation in former Sri Lanka war zone

January 14, 2015 2:15 PM

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Pope Francis has visited a former war zone in northern Sri Lanka, preaching forgiveness to tens of thousands of followers at a Catholic shrine which was shelled during the country's long ethnic conflict.

It was the first visit by a pope to the predominantly-Hindu region which contains a large Catholic minority and was the scene of fierce fighting between Tamil Tiger rebels and the Sri Lankan army for 26 years.

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