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Pope: May Paralympic Games in South Korea “Be Days of Joy & Peace for All’

Holy Father Praises Disabled Athletes Courage, Tenacity, & Consistency

May the Paralympic Games in South Korea be days of joy and peace for all.

This was the hope Pope Francis expressed toward the conclusion of his General Audience on March 7, 2018, from the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall, as he mentioned this event that follows the Olympic Winter Games in the South Korean city of PyeongChang.

The Olympic Games, the Holy Father observed, “have shown how sport can build bridges between countries in conflict and make a valuable contribution to opportunities for peace among peoples.”

“The Paralympic Games,” the Pope stressed,  prove even more that through sport we can overcome our own handicaps.”

“Paralympic athletes are for all an example of courage, consistency, tenacity not to be overcome by one’s own limits. ”

“Sport is a great school of inclusion, but also an inspiration for life and a commitment to transforming society,” he added.

Greeting the International Paralympic Committee, the athletes, the authorities and the people of Korea, the Pope wished “that this event could be days of peace and joy for all”.

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a 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 four languages). She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio 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, EWTN and Salt & Light. For 'The Other Francis': or

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