Pope promises to visit Italian earthquake victims
August 29, 2016
"As soon as possible, I hope to come and see you," Pope Francis said on August 29 to survivors of the earthquake that caused more than 200 deaths in central Italy last week.
During his midday audience on Sunday, August 28, the Pope offered his sympathy and promised his prayers for the earthquake victims, listing the towns that were hardest hit: "I think in particular of the people of Amatrice, Accumoli, Arquata del Tronto, Norcia; again I say to these dear people that the Church shares their suffering and their worries."
The Pope also conveyed his praise to the relief workers who have begun helping repair the earthquake damage and care for survivors. He remarked that their involvement "shows how important solidarity is in order to overcome such painful trials."
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