POPE BENEDICT XVI has joined those mourning the loss of lives at a German techno dance music festival in Duisburg on Saturday (24Jul10).
Nineteen revellers at the Love Parade 2010 event died in an underpass crush between an overcrowded site and a new venue, while more than 350 others were taken to hospitals with injuries.
The Pope, a native German, expressed his sorrow during his weekly blessing from his summer residence near Rome, Italy, telling followers he was praying for the victims.
Organisers of the Love Parade have announced this year's (10) festival will be the last.
An investigation has been launched into what went wrong.