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Prayers for victims of earthquakes, winter weather in Italy

Rescue workers searching for survivors of an avalanche in Central Italy. On Sunday, Pope Francis prayed for victims of natural disasters that have struck Italy in recent days.  - EPA

Rescue workers searching for survivors of an avalanche in Central Italy. On Sunday, Pope Francis prayed for victims of natural disasters that have struck Italy in recent days. - EPA

22/01/2017 12:19

(Vatican Radio) A series of earthquakes and devastating winter weather have caused “new and harsh trials for our brothers and sisters of Central Italy,” especially in the provinces of Abruzzo, Le Marche, and Lazio, Pope Francis said on Sunday during his weekly Angelus address.

“I am close to them with prayer and with affection for families” whose loved ones are among the victims,” the Holy Father continued. He also encouraged all those taking part, “with great generosity,” in works of aid and assistance, as well as the local churches “who devote themselves to alleviating suffering and difficulties.”

Pope Francis concluded his remarks by leading the people gathered in St Peter’s Square in prayer for all those affected by the disasters.

22/01/2017 12:19