“It’s a rare opportunity and certainly a very joyful way to come together ahead of our General Assembly and reflect on who we are and where we are going”, says Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo, head of the Caritas Internationalis delegation to Geneva. He is also one of the men behind a plan to re-open the Vatican’s dormant railway for one day only.
The initiaive that will see the huge iron gates rolled back from the tunnel that links the Vatican railway tracks to the Italian train system is a must for all train enthusiasts, as for the first time in Pope Benedict XVI’s pontificate a train – a classic 1930′s steam engine no less – will pull out of the Vatican’s iconic railway station bound for a day in the Roman countryside and all in the name of charity.
On Saturday 21 May 2011, the Vatican City State Railway Station will open its two sets of tracks of only 300 meters long especially to mark the 60th Anniversary of Caritas Internationalis and to raise funds for its worldwide humanitarian work.
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