Dreams of having a Vatican team in the Olympic games became a bit more real on Thursday, as the Holy See officialized its presence on the sports scene by presenting an athletic association bearing the papal colors with the goal of promoting diversity and Christian values.
“The dream that we have very often is to see the little [yellow and white papal] flag waving at the Olympic parades,” said Father Melchor José Sanchez de Toca y Alameda, under-secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, during a press conference at the Vatican Jan. 10. Sanchez is the president of Athletica Vaticana, the Vatican’s very own sports association under the patronage of the Pontifical Council for Culture. Though there is a well-documented history of the Vatican and sports – including a very impressive cricket team – Athletica represents a new milestone towards the creation of an internationally recognized Vatican team.
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