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Pope Francis is paying a year's rent for a private beach near Rome so a charity can help people with disabilities enjoy the sea and sun, according to the group that manages the program.

The group Work of Love has rented a portion of the Little Madonna beach since 2012 and outfitted it with boardwalks, ramps and water vehicles to provide access to people in wheelchairs and those with other issues that make a day at the beach difficult.

Monseigneur Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner, told CNN that Francis gave the charity an undisclosed sum to "support the project that helps disabled youth and in particular to cover the cost of the annual rent for the beach known as the Little Madonna."

Work of Love said in a statement on its website it received the news of the donation with "enthusiasm and astonishment."

The Rev. Massimo Consolaro, the priest in charge of the group, told CNN that hundreds of people with disabilities use the beach every year, and the numbers are rising. cnn.com
Hindu youth Biswajit Rajak, 35, was suffering from liver cancer and died at his home on Monday. But when his family could not arrange his cremation on Tuesday, villagers gathered at his house and requested Biswajit’s father Nagen Rajak to allow them to cremate his son.

Even the moulavi of the local mosque also went to the crematorium. The Muslim neighbours paid the money necessary for his last rites. The Rajaks are one of the two Hindu families in the village of about 6,000 residents.

A group of Muslim youths took the youth, who died on Monday, to the crematorium and even chanted the name of Hari (equivalent of Ram Naam Satya Hai) following the Hindu tradition.

They carried his body on their shoulders for a distance of 3 kms to the crematorium, and performed all the traditional Hindu rituals including consigning the ashes to the nearby river and taking a dip in the river after the cremation.

Located on the India-Bangladesh border, Malda is not only one of the poorest and backward districts of Bengal, but is also infamous all over the country as the hub of fake currency notes illegal poppy cultivation. hindustantimes.com
Pope Francis is paying a year's rent for a private beach near Rome so a charity can help people with disabilities enjoy the sea and sun, according to the group that manages the program.

The group Work of Love has rented a portion of the Little Madonna beach since 2012 and outfitted it with boardwalks, ramps and water vehicles to provide access to people in wheelchairs and those with other issues that make a day at the beach difficult.

Monseigneur Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner, told CNN that Francis gave the charity an undisclosed sum to "support the project that helps disabled youth and in particular to cover the cost of the annual rent for the beach known as the Little Madonna."

Work of Love said in a statement on its website it received the news of the donation with "enthusiasm and astonishment."

The Rev. Massimo Consolaro, the priest in charge of the group, told CNN that hundreds of people with disabilities use the beach every year, and the numbers are rising. cnn.com
A brave breast cancer survivor wed her fiancé just moments before they both ran the London Marathon last weekend.

Jackie Scully, 35, and her 36-year-old partner Duncan Sloan got married at 7.30am on Sunday before they embarked on the 26.2 mile race together as man and wife, Stylist reports.

Jackie even wore a specially crafted bridal gown, complete with veil, as she completed the epic run.

The couple, who are the first to ever get married on the morning of the marathon and then complete the event, got engaged just three weeks before Jackie's diagnosis with an aggressive form of breast cancer.

Explaining their reason for foregoing a traditional wedding in favour of a very special celebration, Jackie revealed to Stylist that the couple had wanted to give something back to the charities that had supported her during her illness.

'Wedding planning turned to surgery planning, and the whole experience could have ripped us apart had it not been for the incredible Willow Foundation and Breast Cancer Care,' she said.

The generous-hearted couple decided to forgo a traditional celebration in order to raise money for the charities that supported Jackie through her treatment. prima.co.uk