Pope travels to war-torn north Sri Lanka, urges forgiveness

January 14, 2015 10:44 AM

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MADHU, Sri Lanka (AP) — Pope Francis traveled to the jungles of war-torn northern Sri Lanka on Wednesday to show solidarity with the victims of the country's 25-year civil war and urge forgiveness and reconciliation "for all the evil which this land has known."

Thousands of people waving the white and yellow Vatican flags were on hand to welcome Francis to the Our Lady of Madhu shrine, which is revered by both Sinhalese and Tamil Catholics, as well as Sri Lankans of other faiths. No pope has ever visited the Tamil region of northern Sri Lanka, and Francis'...

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