Vatican Athletics: Pope Francis’ marathon-running athletics team

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    The #Vatican, the world’s smallest country, is getting into sports. “Vatican #Athletics” team is a group of runners that includes priests, nuns, members of the Swiss guard, and also employees of the Holy See. Nearly a hundred marathon runners represent the Vatican and promote the values of the #Pontiff at every sporting event. Our correspondent at the Vatican, Natalia Mendoza, has met up with some of the athletes of the team.

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