'Sports Are to Be Training Ground for Virtue,' Says Pope

Recalling Today Is 3rd International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, Francis Says Sports Bring People Close, Help Overcome Conflict

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Sports are to be training grounds for virtue in life.
Pope Francis encouraged this in his appeal toward the end of today’s General Audience in St. Peter’s Square this morning, recalling that today marks the Third International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, proclaimed by the United Nations.
“Sport is a universal language, which brings peoples close and can contribute to have individuals meet and overcome conflicts,” he reflected.
“Therefore,” Pope Francis continued, “I encourage you to live the sports dimension as a training ground of virtue in the integral growth of individuals and communities.”
As usual, the General Audience concluded with the singing of the Pater Noster and the Pope imparting his Apostolic Blessing.
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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio, Sky, and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': or

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