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    Pope visits quake-hit Emilia region of Italy

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    Pope Benedict XVI has paid tribute to a priest who lost his life saving a Madonna statue in the Emilia region of Italy.

    Father Ivan Martini was a local parish priest in the village of Novi di Rovereto.

    The high-profile visit comes after last month's deadly earthquakes. The pope comforted the victims and urged them to turn to their faith to rebuild their lives.