- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 22, 2009

LUANDA, ANGOLA (AP) - Pope Benedict XVI says he regrets the deaths of two women who died after being trampled in a stampede at a stadium where he later addressed young Angolans

Benedict is addressing an estimated 1 million Angolans at an open-air Mass. He extended his condolences to the victims’ families and wished those injured in Saturday’s crush a speedy recovery.

Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi says two 20-year-old women were trampled when gates opened at a Luanda stadium and died later in hospital.

The spokesman says the Vatican’s No. 2 official Cardinal Tarcisio Pertone will visit some 40 injured people in hospital.

Sunday’s Mass in a huge vacant lot near a cement factory is the last major event of the Catholic leader’s first pilgrimage to Africa.

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