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Scholarship in Pope's name to be given at Ground Zero

A Vatican aide will offer a scholarship in John Paul II's name to one of the "orphans of the victims of the 11 September tragedy".

Archbishop Leonardo Sandri of the Vatican Secretariat of State is scheduled to offer the scholarship during a visit to the World Trade Centre site. The news was confirmed in statements to Vatican Radio by Archbishop Renato Martino, the Vatican's permanent observer at the United Nations.

Archbishop Sandri's visit to New York began on Wednesday when he conferred the Path to Peace Award on Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Prime Minister of Bulgaria.

The Argentine archbishop is also scheduled to preside over the blessing of a building of the Vatican mission to the United Nations, which will be named after the Pope. At Ground Zero, he will lay a floral wreath on behalf of John Paul II.


21 Jun 2002