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Italy Begins to Bury its Quake Dead

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8 Apr 09 | AP

Bells tolled in hilltowns across central Italy on Wednesday as the first funerals got under way for victims of the country’s devastating earthquake. The Vatican granted a dispensation so a funeral Mass for most of the 272 dead could be celebrated on Good Friday.


As more bodies were pulled from the rubble, some of the 28,000 homeless spent another day lining up for food and water at some of the 20 tent camps that have sprouted up around this quake-devastated city.

Pope Benedict XVI said he would visit the area soon.

Rescue efforts continued for the 15 people still missing, but officials began discussing rebuilding the stricken region and reopening schools. They stressed it would take a month or two to have a clear idea of the extent of the damage. >>>

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8 April 2009 at 3:03 pm

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