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Pope offers condolences to victims of Japan's 2011 earthquake

Francis calls for more rebuilding efforts and urges rethink of nuclear power

Pope Francis embraces a survivor of the March 2011 earthquake in Tokyo on Nov. 25. (Photo by Kei Higuchi)

TOKYO -- Pope Francis on Monday morning met with victims of the March 2011 earthquake and Fukushima nuclear disaster, offering condolences for the more than 18,000 people who died or went missing while voicing concern over the use of nuclear power.

"Let us pray for those who died and their families, and for those who went missing," Francis said at the gathering in Tokyo, where three survivors came up on stage to share their experiences.

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