(Crux) In 2012, an Italian film called ‘100 meters from heaven’ imagined what it would be like if athletes flaunting the Vatican colors, white and yellow, competed in the Olympics Games. Today the comedy, directed by Raffaele Verzillo, may be one step closer to becoming a reality.
About thirty Vatican employees, both men and women, have created a track-team, the Athletica Vaticana or – as they call themselves – ‘the pope’s runners.’
Vatican pharmacists and journalists of the Jesuit newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, clergy and Swiss guards, might soon be carrying the insignia of the Holy See across finish lines.
For now, the purpose of the team is to evangelize and share Pope Francis’ message thorough sport, but also with concrete acts of solidarity, under the patronage of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture and with the approval of the Vatican Secretariat of State. [More]