Facing drought, Italians praying for rain
Faithful look heavenward for end to scorching heat07 August, 18:44
Masses are being celebrated and prayers sent up asking the heavens to release some precipitation on drought-stricken farmland.
Various churches around the city of Padua have held special Masses, some ending with a prayer invoking God's intervention to end the drought.
Much of Italy has been scorching under record-setting temperatures that are nearing 40 degrees Celsius.