Secret Pope's visit to a town hit by earthquake
- 04.10.2016, 12:30,
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Pope Francis made a surprise visit to Amatrice, Italy hard hit by a earthquake back in August 24 on Tuesday, Reuters.
The pope arrived to a devastating site suffered loss of 300 people.
He first visited a makeshift school and was then due to see people who have been forced to live in tents, with most of the buildings in Amatrice either leveled or considered too badly damaged to live in.
The Vatican kept the trip secret until he arrived.
He was later expected to go to the so-called "red zone", which covers the center of Amatrice and is closed off to the public because it is still highly dangerous.
Francis had been given a choice when he could visit but would not reveal which one he had chosen.
He said at the time he wanted the visit to be "privately, alone, as a priest, as a bishop, as pope, but alone, privately. I want to be close to the people."