Pope recalls relief effort after 1980 Italian earthquake
November 17, 2010
During his weekly public audience on November 17, Pope Benedict XVI recalled the devastating earthquake that wreaked havoc across southern Italy in 1980, noting that “the wounds are still deep and open” in the minds of survivors.
The Pope praised the efforts that were made at that time by neighboring communities, local officials, and Church leaders to supply help for the devastated population, and thus bring "the light of hope of the risen Christ at a time of distress and darkness."
The Pontiff made his comments as he acknowledged the presence of a group of pilgrims from the Basilicata region, who were in Rome to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the earthquake.