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The 5th Anniversary of the Athletica Vaticana.
Bestowal of the Commemorative Trophy upon His Holiness
January 13, 2024

On the thirteenth day of January, within the hallowed halls of the Vatican, a grand event of solemnity was held in honor of the fifth year since the inception of Athletica Vaticana.

The 5th Anniversary of the Athletica Vaticana.

His Holiness, Pope Francis, graciously received delegates from Athletica Vaticana, the esteemed multi-sport association birthed half a decade ago, in a private audience.

In his eloquent discourse, the Holy Father made note of the auspicious timing of their gathering, taking place in the nascent days of 2024, a year marked by the Olympic and Paralympic spirit.

Gala Night  in Club de la Chasse et de La Nature 2

As part of the festivities commemorating the fifth anniversary of Athletica Vaticana, a meeting of great significance took place. The President of the Union Cycliste Internationale, David Lappartient*, was granted an audience with His Holiness, Pope Francis.

Their conversation, centered around the noble values of peace and unity that sport embodies, culminated in the presentation of a commemorative award to His Holiness. This token of recognition, celebrating the 5th Anniversary of Athletica Vaticana, was the creation of the talented team at the Lobortas Classic Jewellery House.

* David Lappartient, a distinguished French politician and sports functionary, has held the position of President of the Council of the Morbihan Department since 2021, and of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) since 2017. He has been the President of the French National Olympic and Sports Committee since 2023 and a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) since 2022.


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