Olympic City in Rio de Janeiro. Credit Brian Godfrey via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Olympic City in Rio de Janeiro. Credit Brian Godfrey via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

The Pope’s universal prayer intention for the month of August is that sports may build a culture of encounter for world peace. In a video message he said he hopes that sports can serve as a vehicle of fraternity and friendly encounters between people.

His intention comes the same week as the beginning of the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Over 10,000 international athletes will compete in over 306 events August 5th to the 21st.

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