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Pope Offers Thoughts 40 Years After Horrible Italian Earthquake

Difficult Journey of Reconstruction

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Pope Francis recalled the horrible earthquake in the Italian areas of Campania and Basilicata that left 3,000 dead and 20,000 injured 40 years ago.  His comments came after praying the noonday Angelus with the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square on November 22, 2020.

“I want to send a special thought to the populations of Campania and Basilicata forty years after the disastrous earthquake whose epicenter was in Irpinia and which sowed death and destruction,” the Holy Father said.” Forty years already. That dramatic event, whose wounds have not yet healed, highlighted the generosity and solidarity of the Italian people. Testimony of this are the many twinnings between areas where earthquakes have it and those of the North and Central Italy, whose bonds still endure. These initiatives have favored the difficult journey of reconstruction, and above all fraternity between the various communities on the Peninsula.”

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