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Pope urges sense of responsibility to prevail in Burundi

Pope Francis prays as he celebrates a canonization ceremony of four new saints in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, May 17, 2015. Among them are Arab nuns Sts. Mariam Bawardy and Marie Alphonsine Ghattas, who lived in what was Ottoman-ruled Palestine in the 19th century. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has called for a sense of responsibility to prevail in Burundi following an attempted coup.

Francis made the appeal during his Sunday noon blessing from St. Peter’s Square.

He said: “I would like to invite you to pray for the dear people of Burundi, which is undergoing a delicate moment: May the Lord help all to avoid violence and act responsibly for the good of the country.”

Military and police officials announced a coup Wednesday after weeks of street protests against Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term in office. Soldiers loyal to the president stopped the rebellion.

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