Facing drought, Italians praying for rain

Faithful look heavenward for end to scorching heat

Facing drought, Italians praying for rain

(ANSA) - Padua, August 7 - Northern Italians are praying for rain. Masses are being celebrated and prayers sent up asking the heavens to release some precipitation on drought-stricken farmland. Various churches around the city of Padua have held special Masses, some ending with a prayer invoking God's intervention to end the drought. Much of Italy has been scorching under record-setting temperatures that are nearing 40 degrees Celsius.

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