Amusement Park Combines Fun and Faith

RAVENNA, Italy, AUG. 21, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Mirabilandia is an odd amusement park: It aims to combine fun events with spirituality.

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Its organizers present the center as the «ethics of amusement» and give discounts to parish groups that come to the 250,000-square-meter park combining amusement, nature and spirituality.

The church of St. John Bosco, located in the midst of Russian mountains, Caribbean beaches and dance halls, offers Sunday Masses and other eucharistic celebrations for communities visiting the park.

The park hopes to attract young people or families with young children who realize that Sunday is a special day for Christians, and who wish to combine amusement with their sabbath observance. The church is also open the rest of the week for people to stop in and pray.

The recreational center follows the principle of the founder of the Salesians, St. John Bosco, who believed that the Christian life must be a «joyful» service of the Lord.

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