Scholarship in Pope´s Name to Be Given at Ground Zero

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VATICAN CITY, JUNE 20, 2002 ( A Vatican aide is scheduled to offer a scholarship in John Paul II´s name to one of the "orphans of the victims of the Sept. 11 tragedy."

Archbishop Leonardo Sandri, substitute of the Vatican State Secretariat, is scheduled to offer the scholarship during a visit to the World Trade Center 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 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.