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Pope to visit Italian earthquake zone

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  • Pope Benedict XVI to visit the earthquake-ravaged town of L'Aquila
  • Vatican says visit will take place on April 28, three weeks after the disaster
  • Nearly 300 people lost their lives in the April 6 quake
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(CNN) -- Pope Benedict XVI will visit the earthquake-ravaged town of L'Aquila on April 28 -- three weeks after the disaster struck -- the Vatican said Saturday.

The pope plans to meet with victims and visit the tent city housing displaced families in the nearby village of Onna.

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He also will survey surrounding areas hit by the magnitude-6.3 temblor, the Vatican said.

The earthquake hit early in the morning on April 6, when most residents were still asleep. Nearly 300 people were killed and tens of thousands left homeless.

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