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“When sport makes you nobler”

Wednesday 24 May, at 16.00, at the Vatican Museums

In order to re-launch Pope Francis’ inclusive and supportive vision for sport, Athletica Vaticana - the Holy See's multi-sports organization - is proposing a series of open dialogues with top athletes to tell and share their life stories.

The next appointment will be on Wednesday 24 May, at 16.00, in the extraordinary setting of the Vatican Museums.

Barbara Jatta, director of the Vatican Museums, will dialogue with Silvia Bennardo and Claudia Gennaro, players of the Italian national deaf volleyball team, vice-Olympic and world and European champions.

Relaunching the value of Paralympic sport with a female perspective, the meeting follows the dialogue between Cardinal José Tolentino de Mendonça, prefect of the Dicastery for Culture and Education, with Olympic champion Filippo Tortu and, later, with As Roma coach José Mourinho, in the context of the Pontifical Gregorian University.

The dialogue will be moderated by Chiara Porro, Ambassador of Australia to the Holy See. Interpreter for sign language will be Sister Veronica Donatello, head of the National Service of the Italian Episcopal Conference for the Pastoral Care of People with Disabilities.

“When sport makes you nobler” is the expression of Pope Francis (“The Christmas I would like” - interview broadcast by Canale 5 on 18 December 2022), and the thread running through Athletica Vaticana's project for a sport that is also an authentic expression of culture and an opportunity for social growth. The initiative is made possible by the Dicastery for Communication and the Dicastery for Culture and Education, to which the Pope entrusted sport in the Apostolic Constitution Praedicate Evangelium.

With the freedom of the sporting style, appointments with some of the key figures of sport will be made known from time to time, outside of pre-established programmes.

*To attend: protocollo@athleticavaticana.org

Vatican Museums Entrance: Viale Vaticano

The meeting will be broadcast live on the Vatican Museums YouTube channel and on the Vatican News portal.