Pope Francis Paid A Surprise Visit To Earthquake Survivors In Italy
The Vatican didn't announce the pope's visit before he arrived in Amatrice because he wanted to keep the trip private.By Briana Altergott | October 4, 2016
Pope Francis paid a surprise visit to one of the central Italian towns destroyed by a devastating earthquake in August.
The Vatican first announced the pope's visit to Amatrice soon after he arrived because he wanted to keep the trip private.
Vatican Radio quotes him as telling the town's residents, "I thought long and hard in the first days of these many pains that my visit, perhaps, would be more of a hindrance than a help. ... I didn't want to be a bother."