Pope Francis makes surprise visit to quake zone
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has made a surprise visit to the site of the devastating August earthquake in central Italy.
The Vatican says the pope arrived in Amatrice (ah-mah-TREE'-cheh) this morning, accompanied by the bishop of Rieti, and started his tour at the school. He then planned to visit the hardest-hit area of the town, which remains largely closed due to security concerns.
Francis had made clear his intentions to visit the quake-stricken zone but without announcing a date. He indicated that he wanted to go alone "to be close to the people."