Pope Francis writes to the people of Genoa on Morandi bridge disaster anniversary

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Pope Francis wrote to the citizens of Genoa, Italy, affected by the August 14 2018 collapse of the northern Italian city’s Morandi Bridge which killed 43 people.

In the letter, published in Turin-based newspaper La Stampa, Francis spoke of a “wound to the heart of your city, a tragedy for those who lost their loved ones, a drama for the injured, and a shocking event for those who were forced to leave their homes and live as displaced persons”.

The pope said he had “not forgotten” the people of Genoa.

Morandi Bridge the day after the demolition works
A general view from a Carabinieri helicopter on the rubble following the demolition of the large towers ’10’ and ’11’ of the Morandi bridge in Genoa, Italy. Experts have blown up the remains of the bridge which partially collapsed on 14 August 2018 killing 43 people. A new viaduct replacing the Morandi bridge is expected to be completed by 2020. EPA-EFE/LUCA ZENNARO

“I have prayed and I still pray for the victims, for their relatives, for the displaced persons, for all of you, for Genoa,” he said.

Demolition of the remainder of the Morandi Bridge was completed Monday ahead of the construction of a new bridge designed by starchitect Renzo Piano, a Genoa native.

The project is expected to take about a year and a half to be completed.

 

Via ANSA/ Vatican News/ Genova Today/ La Stampa

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