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Vatican     AEROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS SPIRITUAL IDEALS OF OLYMPICS
As athletes around the world worked their bodies in preparation for the 2000 Olympic Games, the Vatican called attention to the spiritual ideals of the event's originators.
    At the birth of the modern Olympics in the late 19th century, a French Catholic priest authored the event's motto: the Latin phrase, "Citius, Altius, Fortius" ("Swifter, Higher, Stronger").
    Marking the centenary of Dominican Father Henri Didon's death, the Vatican's stamp and coin office has issued a special aerogramme imprinted with his image and the phrase he contributed to the Olympics.
    A well-known educator and a friend of Pierre de Coubertin, father of the modern Olympics, Father Didon envisioned the games as a means of achieving spiritual greatness through physical contest.
   
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28 Aug 00



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