Many churches were damaged in L’Aquila’s earthquake. Masses were celebrated either in tents or in the open air on Easter day. Copyright: Caritas/Michelle Hough
By Michelle Hough, Caritas Internationalis
The church of Saint Francis of Assisi in the neighbourhood of Pettino was filled with boxes rather than parishioners this Easter Sunday. Meanwhile, the local bishop was living in a tent in his sister’s garden. Elsewhere a priest celebrated mass behind an improvised altar perched atop an army truck in the car park of a shopping centre.
Welcome to Easter in L’Aquila in Italy, where just one week ago a massive earthquake left almost 300 people dead and tens of thousands of people homeless.