On April 30, 2016, a team of twelve American seminarians and priests, all studying in Rome’s North American College, ran a 150 mile relay coast-to-coast across Italy along one of the old Roman roads. Known as the “Roman Runners” their goal was to raise $12,000 in donations to support Christians in Iraq and Syria, as well as raise awareness of the suffering of millions of people affected by war.
Joseph Caraway, spokesperson for the group, stated that proceeds from a prior race were processed through Aid to the Church in Need. During an interview just prior to last weekend’s race, Caraway also commented “we asked them (ACN) what was an important cause for this time around and they gave us a list.” “Syria and Iraq were on it. I communicated the possibilities to the rest of the runners, we took them to prayer, and Syria and Iraq kept coming up. We we decided on it, a few months back. Now it all seems providential, with Syria being back in the news.”
Each of the seminarians come from various locations throughout the United States. Among the twelve there were ten runners who completed 15 mile intervals, and two drivers. The group met in the middle of Italy to refuel the vans and themselves with, of course, pizza.
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