Pope praises Rome's first interreligious half-marathon
VATICAN CITY – After thousands of runners completed the first ever “multireligious” half-marathon in Rome, Pope Francis praised the initiative, which was sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Culture.
“I greet participants in the ‘Via Pacis’ athletic race, which passed places of worship of the different religious faiths present in Rome,” the Pope said Sept. 17. “I hope that this cultural and athletic initiative fosters dialogue, coexistence and peace,” he told gathered for the Angelus prayer in St. Peter’s Square, which was near the end of the 13-mile (21 km) course.
Some 2,000 people took part in the half-marathon and almost 4,000