A more important prize than a gold medal is up for grabs at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro: A chance to experience solidarity and contribute to the realisation that all people are members of one human family, said Pope Francis.
- Catholic News Service
Speaking in Portuguese at his weekly general audience yesterday, 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 starting tomorrow.
"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 colour, 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."