Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018

Walnut tree given to pope to mark patron saint of ecologists


Vatican City, November 29 - A walnut tree given to
Pope Benedict XVI as a gift by the Italian Forest Guards and
nature foundation Sorelle Natura was planted in the Vatican
gardens on Thursday.
The plant was given to the pontiff to mark the anniversary
of the appointment of Saint Francis of Assisi as patron of
ecologists on November 29 1979, and also to commemorate the
official day of the safeguarding of creation.
The walnut tree, planted in an area located between the
heliport and the Tower of Saint John, was blessed by Bishop
Giuseppe Sciacca, secretary-general of the governatorate of
Vatican City State.
Present at the ceremony were Roberto Leoni, president of
the Sorella Natura foundation, and Cesare Patrone, chief of the
Italian Forest Guards.
A commemorative plaque made of a characteristic red stone
found in the Assisi area was placed near the tree.

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