Pope Benedict XVI sent greetings to China on Sunday before the Olympics and said he hoped the Games would offer an example of coexistence among people from different countries.
He said he will follow the Olympics, which open Friday, with a sense of “deep friendship” and hopes the sports can represent “a pledge of brotherhood and peace among people.”
Benedict spoke during the traditional Angelus prayer in Bressanone, a town in the Italian Alps where he is vacationing.
“I follow with deep friendship this great sporting event — the most important and awaited on a world level — and I wish that it offer the international community a valid example of coexistence among people of different background in the respect of common dignity,” the pope told the faithful gathered in Bressanone.
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