A priest and nun were among those rescued after a massive earthquake struck central Italy last week.

Fr Krzysztof Kozlowski, from Poland, was trapped in his destroyed home in Accumoli on Wednesday before finally being pulled out several hours later. His neighbours were all killed.

“Even as I was waiting for help, for someone to bring me out of the apartment, I could feel the tremors. I was afraid they could destroy whatever was left of my house.”

His rescue, he said, was a “great miracle”. “I was miraculously saved, rescued by a rescue team. I was born anew,” Fr Kozlowski said.

An Albanian nun, 32-year-old Sister Marjana Lleshi, also feared she would die after her convent collapsed.

When she woke up covered in dust and bleeding, she cried for help but no one responded. She told Associated Press (AP): “I started sending messages to friends saying to pray for me and to pray for my soul and I said goodbye to them forever.”

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