Pope Francis will visit areas affected by the earthquake in Italy

Francisco said he thinks people especially in Amatrice, Arquata del Tronto and Norcia affected by the natural disaster. | Photo: EFE

Francis Pope again expressed his solidarity with the victims of the 6.2 magnitude earthquake that hit central Italy on Wednesday and announced, after the traditional Angelus prayer, that “hardly possible” will move to the area.

“I also hope to go to meet you, to take you personally to the support of faith and Christian hope,” the pontiff Sunday.

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From the balcony of the Apostolic Palace, Francisco told the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square his “spiritual closeness to the people of the region of Lazio, Marche and Umbria, hit hard by the earthquake of these days.”

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Also he said he thinks “especially in those of Amatrice, Arquata del Tronto, Norcia. Again I say to those dear people that the Church shares their suffering and their concerns, and pray for the dead and the survivors.”

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Finally, the Pope said that “the diligence with which the authorities, law enforcement, civil protection and volunteers are operating shows how important solidarity to overcome such painful trials.”
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In context
The earthquake, which devastated last Wednesday vast areas of the central region of the country, left a preliminary balance of 290 dead and 388 wounded.
The main quake had a magnitude of 6.2 with its epicenter located near the Tronto valley between the towns of Accumoli, Amatrice (Rieti) and Arquata del Tronto (Ascoli Piceno).
The earthquake and a number of aftershocks were felt in much of central Italy, including Rome, Naples and Florence.