8 Apr 2018Maratona di Roma 2018
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Special Mass for Rome Marathon participants
For the first time, a special Mass for Rome Marathon participants and their families will be held the evening before the race, organized by the Vatican Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, the Pontifical Council for Culture and the Marathon of Rome. The Catholic service, which is valid for the Sunday obligation, will be celebrated on Saturday, April 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the Basilica of Santa Maria in Montesanto – better known as the Church of Artists -- in Piazza del Popolo. The church is centrally located, between Via del Babuino and Via del Corso, and can be reached easily by METRO A or on foot by those staying in downtown Rome. The Mass will be celebrated by Monsignor Melchor Sanchez de Toca, an active runner and the head of the sports section at the Pontifical Council for Culture. The bureau chief of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, don Giovanni Buontempo, as well as the director of the “Church and Sport” department, Santiago Perez de Camino will also be present.