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.'”
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.'”