Pope pays visit to region devastated by 2012 quakes
Tens of thousands of people greeted Pope Francis yesterday as he visited a northern region of Italy which has been largely rebuilt following a pair of deadly earthquakes five years ago.
His first stop in the Emilia-Romagna region was the Duomo cathedral of Carpi, where he laid a bouquet of white flowers at the foot of a statue of the Madonna.
After years of restoration work due to the damage, the cathedral was reopened last month.
"There are those who remain buried in the rubble of life," the Pope said in his homily before an estimated 20,000 gathered in the piazza outside the cathedral.
"There are those, like you, who with the help of God rise from the rubble to rebuild."