• May 09, 2018
  • Iraq Solidarity News (Al-Thawra)
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“Run Forrest, Run!” is perhaps one of the most memorable lines of the 1994 classic “Forrest Gump” starring Tom Hanks. The line was used as encouragement for the protagonist to run from a group of bullies who wanted to beat him up. 

On Saturday 28th April, a group of U.S. seminarians studying in Rome’s North American College, took part in a 150-mile relay run across Italy, but for a very different reason. 

Known as the “Roman Runners,” the team of 12 seminarians ran across Italy in support of Christians in Iraq and Syria. The money they raised will be used “to help our suffering brothers and sisters in the faith in Iraq and Syria. I will likely never meet the people I ran for, but I can still love them and help them through my actions,” said seminarian Joseph Caraway. 

This is the fourth edition of the "Roman Runners", and the second consecutive year the proceeds will go to Christians in Iraq and Syria. 

Speaking the day before the run, the seminarian from the Diocese of Lake Charles, LA, also said that the decision to donate this year’s proceeds to the same cause as last year, came to the group of runners in prayer. They had worked with Aid to the Church in Need in 2017, and the relationship was so good, they decided to do the same this time around.


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