With the Olympics starting in just a few days, Pope Francis will be praying this month that sports will help to bring about world peace.
In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has been releasing video messages to illustrate his monthly prayer intentions, announced by the Apostleship of Prayer.
Today, the August video was released and is available here.
Videos for January-July can be viewed here: http://apostleshipofprayer.org/the-pope-video
The Apostleship of Prayer has announced the prayer intentions chosen by the Pope for August.
The Holy Father’s universal prayer intention is: “That sports may be an opportunity for friendly encounters between peoples and may contribute to peace in the world.”
His intention for evangelisation is: “That Christians may live the Gospel, giving witness to faith, honesty, and love of neighbor.”
Here is an English translation of the text of the video, courtesy of Vatican Radio:
Sports, a culture of encounter
Sports make it possible to build a culture of encounter among everyone for a world of peace. I dream of sports as the practice of human dignity, turned into a vehicle of fraternity. Do we exercise together this prayer intention? That sports may be an opportunity for friendly encounters between people and may contribute to peace in the world.