.- A 60 year-old Italian man ran an extensive marathon covering ten countries in order to pray before the tomb of Father Mateo Ricci, the Jesuit priest who began the evangelization of China.
The journey of Ulderico Lambertucci will be featured on Italian television starting August 5. Viewers will be able to follow Lambertucci on the satellite, Sat2000âwhich belongs to the Church in Italyâas he runs through Slovenia, Croatia, Romania, Moldavia, the Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, and other countries until he reaches China.
According to Archbishop Angelo Comastri, the Popeâs Vicar General for Vatican City, the 60 year-old Italian has offered his fatigue as a prayer âthat China may understand that she is loved by Jesus Christ, like other nations.â Bishop Claudio Giuliodori of Macerata said âto arrive at the tomb of Father Matteo Ricci is a strong signal, especially now with the Popeâs letter to Chinese Catholics.â
Daniele Morini, producer of the program, said during his journey Lambertucci âencountered many men and women of faith dedicated to evangelization in places where it is difficult and risky.â