CASTEL GANDOLFO — A minor earthquake struck the Castelli Romani region near Rome this afternoon, just 12 miles from Castel Gandolfo, where Pope Benedict XVI is spending his summer vacation.
Papal spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the Holy Father “felt the tremor, but all is normal; and there have been no effects that I’m aware of.”
The 3.6-magnitude, 6-mile-deep tremor took place at 5:13pm close to the town of Finocchio and was felt in Rome, which is 20 miles away.
Two deadly earthquakes struck Italy’s northern Emilia-Romagna region May 20 and May 29, causing 26 deaths and widespread damage. Benedict visited the affected towns on June 26, where he offered words of consolation...READ MORE