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The Olympics bring us together as ‘one human family’, says Pope

Pope Francis tells general audience that the Olympics brings down barriers between people from different backgrounds

A more important prize than a gold medal is up for grabs at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro: a chance to experience solidarity and contribute to the realisation that all people are members of one human family, Pope Francis said.

Speaking in Portuguese at his weekly general audience on August 3, Pope Francis offered special prayers and greetings to the people of Rio and to the athletes and fans who will gather in the Brazilian city for the games from August 5-21.

“In a world thirsting for peace, tolerance and reconciliation,” he said, “I wish that the spirit of the Olympic Games would inspire all — participants and spectators — to fight ‘the good fight’ and end the race together, desiring as a prize not a medal, but something much more precious: the creation of a civilisation where there reigns solidarity founded on the recognition that we are all members of one human family, no matter the differences of culture, skin color or religion.”

Pope Francis’ remarks came one day after the release of the monthly video he makes for the Apostleship of Prayer, a Jesuit-entrusted organisation that promotes worldwide prayers for the Pope’s intentions.

In view of the Olympics, the Pope’s prayer intention for August was: “That sports may be an opportunity for friendly encounters between peoples and may contribute to peace in the world.”

The video features a variety of athletes forcefully striking or throwing balls so hard that they break holes in a wall, symbol of the barriers between people.

“Sports make it possible to build a culture of encounter among everyone for a world of peace,” the Pope says in the video.


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