Pope prays winter Olympics will unite human family
The 2002 Winter Olympic Games can serve as a reaffirmation of the bonds uniting the members of the human family, Pope John Paul II said in a letter to Bishop George H. Niederauer of Salt Lake City.
The letter, dated 22 December and made public earlier this month by the Intermountain Catholic, newspaper of the Diocese of Salt Lake City, was written on behalf of the pope by Archbishop Leonardo Sandri, a top assistant to the Vatican secretary of state.
The pope asked Bishop Niederauer "to convey his warm greetings and good wishes to the participating athletes, the organizers and the many community volunteers who are generously cooperating in the celebration of'' the Winter Olympic Games 8-24 February.
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