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Michael Schumacher (AP)
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Vatican City - Pope Francis prayed for racing legend Michael Schumacher on Thursday as he offered his backing for a Formula One-led road safety campaign aimed at reducing the number of children killed by cars.

The prayer came after Francis was visited by Jean Todt, the president of the Formula One's governing body FIA, who showed the pontiff a shock three-minute video used in the "Save Kids' Lives" campaign.

"I think it made a big impression on him," Todt told Radio Vatican. "We informed him that 500 children die on roads every day and that another 20 000 are injured every day."

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