The initiative, presented at the Vatican, revolves around the journey of a T-shirt that will be autographed by testimonials from the world of sport, entertainment and culture before being auctioned.

Vatican City, 8 February 2018 – Highlight the extraordinary normality of every day represented by simple and concrete gestures characterized by solidarity, altruism and respect for others. This is the message of #OrdinaryHeroes, a charity project launched by the Secretariat for Communication of the Holy See that involves Peter’s Pence.

The presentation took place this morning during a press conference at the Vatican Film Library opened by the Substitute for General Affairs in the Secretariat of the Holy See, Mons. Angelo Becciu, and by the Prefect of the Secretariat for Communication, Msgr. Dario Edoardo Viganò.

The initiative revolves around a T-shirt depicting one of the murals signed by Mauro Pallotta, aka MauPal, which portrays Pope Francis and that will be the protagonist of a relay race around the world. During this trip the T-shirt will be autographed by Italian and international personalities belonging to the universe of sport, culture and entertainment. Upon his return it will be auctioned and all proceeds will be donated to Peter’s Pence Works of Mercy.

In particular, each testimonial will nominate the next one, engaging the public from their own Facebook and Instagram profiles. Through a short video posted on social channels, he will invite followers to follow the social networks of #OrdinaryHeroes and to share stories of #OrdinaryHeroes. Opening the relay, Francesco Totti who signed the T-shirt and named Diego Armando Maradona establishing a first passage via social between the Vatican and Argentina.

The evolution of the project will be followed, as a media partner, by Vatican News, Vatican Radio Italy and RTL 102.5.