May 24, 2011. (Romereports.com)
This train, isn't like any other train. It runs through the Vatican's railway, which is the shortest national railway system in the world, built over 80 years ago.
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Caritas International, hundreds got on board for a 62 mile journey from Rome to the town of Orvieto. Card. Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga
President Caritas International“It's necessary to be united. Caritas is putting together 165 nations. Serving the poor in emergencies and suffering.”
With steam engines running, the train was blessed, before the short trip got underway. The money raised will help communities dealing with everything from natural disasters and civil conflicts to health issues and education.Card. Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga
President Caritas International“Whenever there are people suffering we must be there to help.”
Upon arrival, guests were offered a tour of the town's impressive Cathedral. It's a historic church that was dedicated to the Assumption of Mary in the 14th century. Among the guests were several dignitaries and ambassadors, all of whom paid their own way. Tim Fischer
Australian Ambassador to the Holy See“It's raising funds for earthquake emergencies through Caritas International.”
This unique journey is rarely taken. In 1962, pope John XXIII became the first pontiff to use the Vatican's railway. John Paul II, used it twice in 1979 and 2002. Through the years, it has been used to transport emergency relief supplies in Italy. It will be used again in October, when Benedict XVI and other religious leaders travel to Assisi for a day of prayer. Tim Fischer
Australian Ambassador to the Holy See“It's a boost for Caritas in their 60th anniversary year with the general assembly in Rome this month, so it has worked out beautifully”
This year Caritas' general assembly is scheduled from May 22 to the 27th. The organization is highlighting its mission while analyzing the challenges it must overcome throughout the world.