Holy Father's visit to Italian earthquake victims announced


Pope Benedict will visit the Italian region of Abruzzo on April 28, the region devastated by a series of earthquakes earlier this month, the Vatican announced on Saturday.

The first earthquake, which rattled the region on April 6, left almost 300 dead and thousands injured.

On the morning of April 28, the Holy Father will travel by helicopter over some of the hardest-hit areas and arrive in the village of Onna. He will then travel to the devastated city of L’Aquila.  There, he will meet with students and also visit the Collemaggio basilica.

The Pope will then move on to the barracks of the “Guardia de Finanza” where he will meet with local representatives and some rescuers.  He will return to the Vatican at 12:30 p.m.

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