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Pope Francis prays with 20,000 pilgrims for the victims of Portugal's deadly fire

At the end of the Angelus, Pope Francis prayed with 20,000 pilgrims for the victims of Portugal's devastating fire.  He also recalled that Tuesday marks World Refugee Day, an event sponsored by the United Nations.  POPE FRANCIS  "The personal meeting with refugees dispels fear and distorted ideologies, helps humanity grow, gives the ability to make room to feelings of openness and builds bridges.â?  On Tuesday, Pope Francis will go outside of Rome. He will travel to northern Italy to pray before the tombs of Primo Mazzolari and Lorenzo Milani: two priests known for their zeal, defense of Human Rights and promotion of education.  JRB/JC CTV -f -PR Up:jc