It promises to be a very busy weekend in Rome and there is something for just about everyone.

On Friday 14 at 21.00 about 2,000 young people will take part in a show in Piazza Navona to mark the anniversary of the attempt on the life of Pope John Paul II on 13 May 1981 and his 84th biirthday on 18 May,

On Saturday there will be a demonstration "In defense of school" in protest against the reforms introduced by the minister for education, Letizia Moratti. In spite of the new agreement that demonstrations should not pass through the centre of the city the marchers have asked for permission to cross Piazza Venezia on their way from Piazza della Repubblica, where the march will start at 14.00, to Piazza Navona.

Sunday 16 May is a traffic free day in the centre of Rome but the same day Pope John Paul II will proclaim six new saints in St Peters Square at 10.00, and the Susan G. Kormen Breast Cancer Foundation marathons will start from the Terme di Caracalla, at 10.00.

In the afternoon Lazio will play Modena at the Olimpico stadium, there will be horse racing at the Capanelle race course on Via Appia Nuova and finally there will be the Glocal Forum concert at the Circo Massimo starting at 18.00.