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L’Aquila, Italy -- Young Italians with the victims of the Abruzzi earthquake

Over a hundred university men from all over Italy gathered for a week in the Abruzzi region as part of the 51st “College of Science” Summer School, organized by the Rui Foundation in the second half of July.

The students offered to work as volunteers in the “Tentopolis” (tent cities) in which the evacuees from the earthquake were living. The young men came chiefly from the regions of Sicily, Calabria, Lazio, Tuscany, Emilia Romano, Veneto, and the Abruzzi region itself. Many of them frequent cultural centers and student residences whose spiritual activities are entrusted to the Prelature of Opus Dei. The students had an opportunity to show their solidarity with those in L’Aquila and share in their hardships. After the morning seminar sessions, the students took part in volunteer activities directed towards children and the aged. Children whose schooling had been interrupted were offered special tutorials. The university students also tried to assist the elderly living in Fontecchio, a residential institution housing 110 persons with various disabilities and health problems.

Romana, No. 49, July-December 2009, p. 346.