A GROUP of 40 Slovaks aged 19 to 24 began a 1,250-kilometre bicycle trip on July 7, to meet Pope John Paul II at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, near Rome, on July 16.
The cyclists gathered at the courtyard of the Presidential Palace, where President Rudolf Schuster ceremonially cut a ribbon on the starting line. The trip is held under the auspices of the president and Speaker of Parliament Pavol Hrušovský.
After the bikers reach their destination, they will deliver a message to the Pope and congratulate him on the 25th anniversary of his pontificate. The Pope plans to visit Slovakia next September.
The organiser of the trip, Jozef Gálik from the Slovenský Orol (Slovak Eagle) association, told TASR that the tour is part of a bigger project aimed at supporting physical and psychological health and morality.
14. Jul 2003 at 0:00