WEST (AP) – The Pope is using his Twitter account to ask followers to pray for victims of a fatal fertilizer plant explosion in a small Texas town.

In a message posted Thursday morning, Pope Francis said: “Please join me in praying for the victims of the explosion in Texas and their families.”

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The newly installed pontiff’s Twitter page shows he’s posted 18 tweets in the past month.

Authorities say a massive fire and explosion at a downtown fertilizer plant in West killed as many as 15 people Wednesday evening and injured more than 160 others. Several firefighters are still missing.

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