It has been a sombre Easter for the thousands of people made homeless by the earthquake centred on L’Aquila in central Italy despite the distribution of chocolate eggs, including some donated by the Vatican.
On a visit to the region Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said: “We are going to move on to the next phase, which is assessing all the damage. The other thing is to make sure that people who have been made homeless spend the shortest possible time living in tents. We don’t want to build a shanty town.
Some of the around 20,000 homeless people who are living in refugee camps in and around L’Aquila attended Easter mass in front of temporary altars set up in tents.
The region’s archbishop Giuseppe Molinari told them: “It’s Easter for us too, despite the tragedy and the rubble of the earthquake.
“The resurrection of Christ is also the resurrection of L’Aquila,” he added, but for the earthquake victims that still seems a long way off.
Sombre Easter in L'Aquila