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(Vatican Radio) During his Regina Coeli address on Sunday, Pope Francis prayed for the release of those priests and religious held hostage in Syria saying, “may the merciful God touch the hearts of the kidnappers”. He also remembered young martyrs killed during the Spanish Civil War who were beatified in Burgos, Spain on Saturday.

Below is an English translation of the Pope’s words before and after the Regina Coeli

At the end of this Jubilee celebration, my thoughts turn in a particular to you, dear boys and girls. You have come from Italy and from all over the world to experience moments of faith and fraternal conviviality. Thank you for your joyful and boisterous testimony. Go forward with courage!

Yesterday, in Burgos (Spain), saw the beatification of priest Valentín Palencia Marquina and four of his fellow young martyrs, killed for their faith during the Spanish Civil War. We praise the Lord…

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