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Vatican     VATICAN HELPED THIRD WORLD YOUTH GET TO ROME
The Vatican raised millions of dollars to facilitate World Youth Day 2000 participation from developing countries, an official announced.
    At a news conference on Friday, Marcello Bedeschi, the event's chief accountant, said contributions to the Vatican's World Youth Day solidarity fund totaled $A6.02 million. He said the money was sent to several countries in Africa, Asia, South America and Eastern Europe, including 27 nations racked by civil conflict.
    "Many young people are coming because we helped them," Bedeschi said. He said most Africans, for example, would not have been able to afford the plane fare to Rome.
   
CNS
   
16 Aug 00



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