Mini tank bunds that will be developed in all major towns across the State which would serve as recreational spots for locals, said Minister Harish Rao
Many churches will be telecasting the services live on various platforms.
Francis and the Vatican delegation are relying on Iraqi security forces to protect them, including with the expected first use of an armored car for the popemobile-loving pontiff.
Most churches had special mass on Ash Wednesday, with many observing a long period of silence during the mass as devotees are asked to reflect on their sins and ask God for forgiveness.
TS government was the only one in the country that offers gifts and celebrates festivals of all religions, said MLA Vanama Venkateswar Rao
A small group of residents and religious leaders participated in the tree-lighting ceremony at Manger Square near the Church of the Nativity, where Christians believe Jesus was born.
The State govt, however, will continue distribution of gift packs to over 2.04 lakh poor Christian families
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