Pope Francis Receives Highest Olympic Order

Pope Francis received the highest Olympic Order on Saturday from International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach, who presented the honor to Pope Francis at a ceremony at the Vatican. 

The two leaders reportedly "discussed the importance of sport in society and its contribution to building a more peaceful and better world," on Friday before Pope Francis was presented "with the Olympic Order in gold on Saturday during a ceremony at the Vatican City attended by members of the European Olympic Committees (EOC)."

During his address "Pope Francis took up Bach's theme that 'sport is able to build bridges and break down walls.'"

“I wish to encourage institutions such as yours, which promote sports – especially to the younger generations – as a way of training for peace, mutual sharing and harmonious coexistence of people,” Pope Francis said during the ceremony. “Sports tend to unite rather than divide!” 

Bach told Pope Francis that his "love of sport and your understanding of how sport can be put at the service of society are well known. You have talked of the ‘social responsibility that sports men and women have, both on and off the field, to act as true role models.'"


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