Pope prays for hurricane victims

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The pope also recalled the populations of Texas and other southern U.S. states battered by hurricanes earlier this month.

Benedict told pilgrims at his Castel Gandolfo summer retreat on Sunday that he hopes that help quickly reaches damaged areas, and that solidarity and brotherhood prevail.

A series of hurricanes and tropical storms damaged hundreds of thousands of homes and claimed several hundred lives in the Caribbean, including Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

In Texas, Hurricane Ike left hundreds of people homeless.

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