|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.
|28 Aug 00|