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Pope gives hope to New York orphans

BY CHRISTINA WHITE

THE CHILDREN of police Officers, firefighters and other emergency workers, orphaned by the September 11 tragedy, will benefit from a scholarship established in Pope John Paul II's name.

The award was made by a senior Vatican official, Archbishop Leonardo Sandri, during a visit to New York last week.

The Argentinian archbishop said the $20,000 (£13,300) donation was a sign of the Holy Father's confidence inspired by faith in "the power of hope to sustain all of you in building a future of justice, peace and redemption".

Archbishop Sandri was invited to New York to dedicate John Paull] House, a building for the Vatican's UN Mission in the city.

It was his first visit to Ground Zero since the terrorist atrocity last year and he said he offered the personal prayers and blessing of the Pope for the victims and their families.

The archbishop spoke of the "senseless terrorism" of that "dread day" and the terrible reminder of the destructive force of hatred and violence.

But Ground Zero must now become "a place of hope", he said. He laid a wreath of white and yellow flowers, the Papal colours, at the foot of a steel cross, erected by workers on the site from the tangled remains of the Twin Towers. He said the workers who died had offered their lives as Christ gave his to offer hope to the world.

The papal bequest came from funds received after the world day of fasting and penance on December 14. The money will be invested with other monies raised by Cardinal Thomas Egan of New York part of the income will be used to fund a student at New York Medical College.

"DEAR Brothers and Sisters, today's Canticle is a joyous hymn to the Lord, who cares for his people and protects them in peril and difficulty. The Canticle can be read as Moses calling on the elements of the universe the heavens and the earth to testify to God's unfailing love.

"The Canticle is a lively expression of Israel's faith in God who is always 'just and right', even when his fidelity is met with indifference. For us today it can become an examination of conscience to see if we respond with love to God's enduring goodness towards "I extend a warm welcome to the various groups present: in particular to the staff members of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, and to the Sisters taking part in the Program for Formators organised by the International Union of Superiors General. Upon all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors, especially those from England, Sweden, Japan, and the United States, I invoke the abundant blessings of Almighty God."




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