Pope Francis prays for victims of Croatia’s earthquake

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Pope Francis said he is praying for the victims of an earthquake that struck central Croatia on Tuesday, killing seven people, injuring more than 20 and causing extensive damage.

Speaking during the weekly General Audience, the Pope said “I express my closeness to the wounded and to those who have been affected by the quake and I pray in particular for those who have lost their lives and for their families.”

The death toll from Tuesday’s 6.3 magnitude earthquake in the Croatian capital Zagreb has risen to seven, said officials.

The earthquake struck the town of Petrinja in the central Sisak region at 1319GMT, some 51 kilometers (31.7 miles) southeast of the capital, at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles), according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre.