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The Latest: Pope asks for prayers for Colombia crash victims

  • Rescue workers place the bodies of victims of an airplane crash into a waiting helicopter, in La Union, near Medellin, Colombia, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. The chartered plane was carrying a Brazilian soccer team to the biggest match of its history when it crashed into a Colombian hillside and broke into pieces, Colombian officials said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Luis Benavides)

    Rescue workers place the bodies of victims of an airplane crash into a waiting helicopter, in La Union, near Medellin, Colombia, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. The chartered plane was carrying a Brazilian soccer team to the biggest match of its history when it crashed into a Colombian hillside and broke into pieces, Colombian officials said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Luis Benavides)  (The Associated Press)

  • A fan of Brazil's soccer team Chapecoense mourns during a gathering inside Arena Conda stadium in Chapeco, Brazil, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. A chartered plane carrying the Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense to the biggest match of its history crashed into a Colombian hillside and broke into pieces on Tuesday, killing most passengers, Colombian officials said. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

    A fan of Brazil's soccer team Chapecoense mourns during a gathering inside Arena Conda stadium in Chapeco, Brazil, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. A chartered plane carrying the Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense to the biggest match of its history crashed into a Colombian hillside and broke into pieces on Tuesday, killing most passengers, Colombian officials said. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)  (The Associated Press)

  • A black ribbon is wrapped around the Pathfinder monument in Chapeco, Brazil, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in mourning for members of the Brazilian Chapecoense soccer team, who perished in an airplane crash near Medellin, Monday evening. Colombian authorities on Wednesday were working to finish identifying the bodies of the victims before repatriating them to Brazil. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

    A black ribbon is wrapped around the Pathfinder monument in Chapeco, Brazil, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in mourning for members of the Brazilian Chapecoense soccer team, who perished in an airplane crash near Medellin, Monday evening. Colombian authorities on Wednesday were working to finish identifying the bodies of the victims before repatriating them to Brazil. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)  (The Associated Press)

The Latest on the aftermath of Colombian plane crash that killed members of Brazilian soccer team (all times local):

7 a.m.

Pope Francis has asked for prayers for victims of the plane crash in Colombia, noting the Brazilian people are mourning the loss of soccer players from the Chapecoense team.

He mentioned the tragedy while greeting Portuguese-speaking pilgrims at his public audience Wednesday at the Vatican.

The crash of the chartered aircraft late Monday in the Andes mountains claimed 71 lives.

Francis told the pilgrims that Italians were reminded of the 1949 Superga air crash that wiped out an Italian soccer team. Francis said, "I'd like to recall today the Brazilian people's sorrow." He urged prayers for the victims of these "harsh tragedies."

In condolence telegrams to the local Colombia bishop and to the head of the Brazilian bishops conference, Francis expressed his solidarity and consolation to families of the dead and injured.