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Pope Francis on Saturday clutched the life-jacket of a drowned girl as he met with children whose parents died during deadly boat crossings, at the end of a week of major tragedies in the Mediterranean. "I want to ask the pope to pray for my family, which is now in heaven, and my friends, also in heaven, who died in the water," Nigerian adolescent Siander said as the pontiff bowed his head in prayer. The pope met migrant minors as well as Italian youngsters who let off dozens of white balloons inside Vatican grounds.
PARIS (AP) — Eight children and three adults were struck by lightning Saturday in a Paris park after a sudden spring storm sent a bolt crashing down upon a children's birthday party, a spokesman for Paris' fire service said. He credited an off-duty firefighter with playing a critical role in getting medical help to the victims but some were still fighting for their lives.
KARYES, Greece (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin visited a Russian Orthodox monastery Saturday on the northern Greek peninsula of Mount Athos as part of a two-day visit touted by the Greek government as a chance to improve ties between the two countries.