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Pope in emotion-charged visit to Italy quake zone

Pope Francis on Tuesday made an emotionally charged visit to the Italian mountain communities devastated by an August 24 earthquake, praying silently amid the ruins and urging survivors to have faith in the future. In keeping with his desire to make a relatively low-key visit to an area where nearly 300 people died, the 79-year-old pontiff's trip to the shattered town of Amatrice and the devastated nearby hamlets of Accumoli and Arquata del Tronto was only announced to the media after he had arrived.
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