Francis to honor WWII dead at US cemetery, site of massacre

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(L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP). Pope Francis meets with prelates from the Archdiocese of Lyon, France, at the Vatican, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP). Pope Francis meets with prelates from the Archdiocese of Lyon, France, at the Vatican, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017.

ROME (AP) - Pope Francis will pay homage to victims of war when he visits two important World War II sites south of Rome next month: the American military cemetery at Nettuno and the Ardeatine Caves, site of one of the worst massacres in German-occupied Italy.

The Vatican on Friday announced that Francis would celebrate Mass at the Nettuno cemetery for all war dead on Nov. 2, which the Catholic Church marks as All Soul's Day to honor the dead.

Later in the day, Francis will travel to the Ardeatine Caves on Rome's outskirts. There, in 1944, 335 people were shot to death as a reprisal for an attack by partisans that killed 33 Nazi soldiers on a street in Rome.

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