Pope Francis prays for victims of 2009 L'Aquila earthquake
Calls for reconstruction of homes, churches, artistic heritage02 April, 14:46
"Five years after the earthquake, which devastated your city, I unite in prayer for numerous victims, entrusting all those who still live in hardship to the protection of the Madonna of Roio," said Francis.
"I encourage everyone to keep hope alive," added the pontiff, who also called for the "reconstruction of homes" which "must be accompanied by that of churches, which are the houses of prayer for everyone, and the artistic heritage to which the revival of the territory is linked".
"I am addressing a special thought for the Jemo 'Nnanzi group from L'Aquila," the pope continued, making reference to a civic action group based in L'Aquila.
"Jemo 'Nnanzi, we move forward". http://popefrancisnewsapp.com/