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FRANCE 24 English published this video item, entitled “Vatican Athletics: Pope Francis’ marathon-running athletics team” – below is their description.
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.FRANCE 24 English YouTube Channel
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