Refugee Olympic Team gets letter from Pope

Refugee Olympic Team members have received a letter from Pope Francis as they prepare to compete in the Olympic Games 2016.

Wishing each of them success, the letter – written in Spanish and dated 26 July 2016 – is addressed to all refugee athletes, calling each by name.

Pope Francis writes of his own research into each squad member’s life through their interviews with various media sources.

The Holy Father goes on to wish each of them success, expressing his desire that ‘your courage and strength find expression through the Olympic Games and serve as a cry for peace and solidarity. May humanity understand through you that peace is possible, and that with peace everything is a triumph; while with war everything is a loss.’

He closes the letter by assuring the refugee team of his prayers for them. The English Translation of the letter begins: Dear brothers and sisters Read more

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