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JPII Games2010, teens run for peace in the Holy Land

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Msgr. Liberio Anreatta
Vice President of Opera Romana Pilgrimages

“We want to work a lot the young generations who have not yet experienced the hatered or war which their parents have instead. And we believe that pilgrimages and sports are two ways and types of experience useful for encouraging each other and overcoming difficulties and divisions.”

This is a unique Olympic event, since it’s also considered a pilgrimage. The Opera Romana Pilgrimages has joined forces with the Italian Sports Center to make these 8 days of competition a meeting of cultures in the land where Christianity was born. Something John Paul II proposed, that’s why the event is named after the late pontiff.

Massimo Achini
President, Italian Sport Center
“He was able to explain, in a very unique way, the educational and pastoral values of sports. That’s why we named this marathon after John Paul II. We’re sure he would run with us an that he would be proud of this simple but symbolic initiative.”

The marathon’s main course will be 10 kilometres between Bethlehem and Jerusalem. But the JPGames also include swimming, cycling and volleyball.

Massimo Achini
President, Italian Sport Center
“We hope this great marathon-pilgrimage, this sporting event in Jerusalem will be a vehicle for peace. That’s why we would really like for big names in the sporting world to joins us.”

For a couple of days, to show that sports are more than a way to stay in shape. A couple of days so these young minds can play, run and swim with together. A couple of days to find friendship between adversaries.

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