Benedict XVI to Visit Earthquake Zone

Will Meet With People of Emilia Romagna on June 26

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VATICAN CITY, JUNE 19, 2012 ( Benedict XVI will make a morning trip next week to the Italian region of Emilia Romagna, which was struck by an earthquake May 20 and another nine days later. Some two dozen people were killed in the quakes.

The Holy Father is scheduled to arrive by helicopter at the sports ground of San Marino di Carpi at around 10 a.m. where he will be welcomed by the head of the Italian Civil Protection Department. He will then travel to Rovereto di Novi, crossing the “red zone” and visiting the church of St. Catherine of Alexandria, which was seriously damaged by the quake.

Following a greeting from the president of the region of Emilia Romagna, the Pope will make an address to the local people. He is due to return to the Vatican at around 1:15 p.m.

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