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Pope Francis meets with Special Olympics athletes at the Vatican Oct. 13, 2017.

Celebrating 50 years, Special Olympics athletes meet with Pope Francis

Oct 13, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Friday, Pope Francis met with soccer players in the Special Olympics, commending their commitment to the promotion of inclusion... Read more

An athlete competes at Rome's Special Olympics event on May 21, 2016.

No special treatment for these athletes, but 'a chance' to play

May 24, 2016

By Ann Schneible

Hundreds of athletes took to the fields in Rome over the weekend for the launch of this year's “Special Olympics... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Italian special Olympians on June 19, 2015 in Vatican City.

Love life, have fun – a Pope Francis pep talk to Special Olympians

Jun 19, 2015

Pope Francis met with Italy's top Special Olympics athletes on Friday, encouraging them and all athletes to make sports a... Read more

 Supreme Knight Carl Anderson makes an announcement at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum July 14, 2014. Photo courtesy of the Knights of Columbus.

Knights of Columbus pledge $1.4 million for Special Olympics

Jul 15, 2014

The Knights of Columbus have pledged $1.4 million for next year’s Special Olympics World Games, helping to cover participating athletes’... Read more