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  • The embrace of life: A story of 2 sisters in Italy's quake 

    Vanessa Gera and Trisha Thomas|Aug 28, 2016

    ASCOLI PICENO, Italy (AP, Aug. 28, 2016) – In the chaos of Italy's devastating earthquake, an older sister's embrace allowed a young girl to survive. The heartbreaking story of 9-year-old Giulia Rinaldo and her younger sister Giorgia was recounted Saturday by the bishop who celebrated a funeral Mass for 35 of the 290 people killed by the quake that ravaged central Italy before dawn Wednesday. Bishop Giovanni D'Ercole recalled that around 6 or 6:30 p.m. Wednesday – 15 hours after the quake struck – he returned to a church in his diocese in th... Full story