Vatican     DISABLED CHILDREN TO RIDE IN JOHN XXIII'S CAR
Disabled children coming to Rome as pilgrims for the Jubilee will be able to visit major places in the Eternal City in Pope John XXIII's car.
    The dark navy blue Fiat 2100 with the papal insignias is a very special car. It was a gift made by the Italian car firm in 1959. Now, after "hibernating" for many years in the Vatican garage and being affectionately looked after by pontifical firemen, Pope John's prestigious car is going out into the streets again, from the Vatican to Roman Basilicas, transporting children with physical handicaps.
    The initiative was organized by the Italian publisher, Count Arnaldo Blancardi di Sospello, in collaboration with Livia Turco, Minister for Social Affairs, and Vatican authorities.
    The initiative is being funded by sponsors. Any funds left over after expenses will be given exclusively to scientific research against muscular dystrophy.
   
   
EWTN 1:29am 3/2/00

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