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Friday, December 9, 2016
Pope sends blessings to Olympics
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¬†The Holy Father has sent his blessings to the forthcoming Olympic Games in Athens, expressing his wish that they will help bring peace to the world. Speaking during the Angelus audience on Sunday, he said: "In a few days, the Olympic Games will open in Athens. I send my cordial greetings to all official delegates, to the representatives of all nations, to the athletes and to all who will take part in the Olympics. "I wish as well to greet with special warmth, the City of Athens, remembering the hospitality with which the Greek people welcomed me on the occasion of my pilgrimage, which I made in the footsteps of the Apostle Paul. "It is my heartfelt wish that in this world ≠ which is today troubled and sometimes overturned by its many forms of hatred and violence ≠ this important sports event will constitute an occasion for a peaceful encounter and promote understanding and peace among peoples." Recognizing the power of sport to promote peace, fraternity and understanding, the Holy Father has created a new section lwithin the Pontifical Council for the Laity, called Church and Sports. He concluded by invoking Our Lady's maternal protection on the Olympics and on the entire sports world.
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