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Pope Francis present with his prayers on national day of mourning

· ​The funeral of victims from the Marches takes place in Ascoli ·

Pope Francis “was present with his prayers on this national day of mourning”. This was underlined by Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, on the day of the funeral for victims from the Marches who were killed by the devastating earthquake that hit central Italy. Alongside the families was Sergio Mattarella, the President of Italy, Pietro Grasso and Laura Boldrini, the Presidents of the Senate and the House, and Matteo Renzi, the President of the Council of Ministers.

The tricolor and European flags displayed on public buildings remained at half-mast throughout the Italian territory.

“After mourning and solidarity, comes the time of hope and of life that overcomes death”. These were the words of Msgr Giovanni D’Ercole, the Bishop of Ascoli Piceno, who recalled in his homily that “the earthquake can destroy everything, but it cannot destroy the source of hope for those who find the strength to look to God on High”. Concelebrating with D’Ercole was Msgr Domenico Pompili, the Bishop of Rieti, who will preside over the religious ceremony for victims in Lazio that will take place next Tuesday afternoon – not on Wednesday as was previously announced. Msgr Giuseppe Petrocchi, the Archbishop Aquila and a native of the Marches capital, also concelebrated.
All of the victims’ names were mentioned during the ceremony, which took place in the gymnasium of the sports centre in the Marche capital. In the room hung a crucifix that had been recovered from one of the churches, which were all destroyed.

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