VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The presence of a unified delegation and team for North and South Korea at this year’s Olympic Games gives people hope for a world dedicated to peace through dialogue and respect, Pope Francis said.
At the end of his weekly general audience at the Vatican Feb. 7, the pope offered his prayers and greetings to all those gathered for the XXIII Winter Olympic Games Feb. 9-25 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
“The traditional Olympic truce takes on special importance this year as delegations of the two Koreas will walk together under a unified flag” during the opening ceremony and compete as one team in women’s ice hockey, he said.
“This fact builds hope for a world in which conflicts are resolved peacefully with dialogue and mutual respect,” just as sports teach people to do, he said.
The pope sent his greetings to the International Olympic Committee, which invited a Vatican delegation to participate in the opening ceremony as well as its annual session as an observer. The pope also greeted all the athletes as well as leaders and citizens of the whole Korean peninsula.
Saying he would pray for everyone, he reminded people that the Holy See supports every “useful initiative fostering peace and the encounter of peoples. May these Olympics be a great celebration of friendship and sport.”
Help us keep you informed -- CatholicPhilly.com can't do it without youDuring CatholicPhilly.com's fall donation campaign, you have a way to help us deliver the kind of news you need to know about the Catholic Church, especially in the Philadelphia region, and the world in which we live. Every household's costs keep rising, and we're no different. We make sure your dollars in any amount go a long way toward continuing our mission to inform, form in the Catholic faith and inspire the thousands of readers who visit every month. Here is how you can help:
- A $100 gift allows us to present award-winning photos of Catholic life in our neighborhoods.
- A $50 gift enables us to cover a news event in a local parish, school or Catholic institution.
- A $20 gift lets us obtain solid faith formation resources that can deepen your spirituality and knowledge of the faith.
- A small, automated monthly donation means you can support us continually and easily.
Please join in the church's vital mission of communications by offering a gift in whatever amount that you can -- a single gift of $40, $50, $100, or more, or a monthly donation. Your gift will strengthen the fabric of our entire Catholic community.
Make your donation by check:
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Or by credit card here: