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Pope to Visit Central Italy Areas Recovering from Earthquakes

Diocese of Camerino-San Severino Marche on June 16, 2019

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The Vatican announced on April 6, 2019, that Pope Francis on June 16, 2019, will visit the earthquake-affected areas of the diocese of Camerino-San Severino Marche, Italy.
The August 24, 2016, earthquake that struck near the Italian hill town of Amatrice claimed nearly 300 lives. About two months later, various quakes hit the same region, including a 6.6-magnitude earthquake on Oct. 30, the largest to have hit Italy in more than 30 years. While only two died in the October quakes, a number of towns, including Norcia, the birthplace of Sts. Benedict and Scholastica suffered serious damage.

Following is the Pope’s Schedule for the visit:
8.00 Departure by helicopter from the Vatican heliport.
8.45 Landing at the sports centre of the University of Camerino, in the Calvie area.
The Holy Father will be received by:
– H.E. Msgr. Francesco Massara, archbishop of Camerino-San Severino Marche;
– Dr. Luca Ceriscioli, president of the Marches Region;
– Dr. Iolanda Rolli, prefect of Macerata;
– Dr. Antonio Pettinari, president of the province of Macerata;
– Dr. Gianluca Pasqui, mayor of Camerino;
– Professor Claudio Pettinari, rector of the University of Camerino.
9.00 Visit to the Emergency Housing Structures (Strutture Abitative Emergenziali – SAE) with the families domiciled there, in the Cortine area.
To be followed by:
– visit to the Cathedral
– meeting with the mayors of the municipalities of the diocese.
10.30 In Piazza Cavour:
– Celebration of Holy Mass.
12.00 Angelus
13.00 At the Saint Paul Community Centre:
– lunch with priests of the diocese.
15.00 Before departing from the sports centre of the University of Camerino, the Holy Father will take leave of those who received him upon arrival.
15.45 Arrival at the Vatican heliport.
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