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Pope Francis makes surprise visit to quake zone

5 years 1 month 3 weeks ago Tuesday, October 04 2016 Oct 4, 2016 October 04, 2016 6:58 AM October 04, 2016 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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."

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