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During the month of the Olympics, Pope Francis asks that sports build a culture of encounter

Pope Francis launched through The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, "Sports, a culture of encounter," the video that calls for sports as a practice of "human dignity, turned into a vehicle of fraternity."

On the eve of the 2016 Summer Olympics, where the participation of 10,500 athletes from 206 International Committees are expected, the Pope invited all to join their voice to spread this message of brotherhood through sports. "that sports can contribute to the peaceful coexistence of all peoples of the world," says Pope Francis in The Pope Video this month.

Father Frédéric Fornos, SJ, recently appointed by Pope Francis as International Director of The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network and its youth branch, the Eucharistic Youth Movement (EYM), said that "the great challenges facing the world today, against violence and barbarism that arises more than ever, it is necessary that sports become a fraternal encounter among peoples. There are so many fears! Sports can strongly contribute to break down the walls that separate us. I hope the global Olympic meeting contributes to creating a culture of encounter in the service of peace.”

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Some data from The Pope Video:
  • It has recorded more than 10 million online views within their own networks.
  • Since its launch so far it has exceeded 1,300 impacts press through media around the world in several languages.
  • In addition to this latest release, he has published intentions:
  1. Interreligious Dialogue (January);
  2. Care for Creation (February);
  3. For Children and Families in Difficulty (March);
  4. Small Farmers (April);
  5. Respect for Women (May);
  6. Solidarity in Cities (June);
  7. Indigenous Peoples (July).

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