Tweet and video message from pope Francis for the start of the World Championship of Football in Brazil: «Fair play» and respect for opponent

World Cup«I wish you all a wonderful World Cup, played in a spirit of true brotherhood». That is what Pope Francis wrote in a tweet launched on the occasion of the inauguration ceremony of the World Cup in Brazil. The “tweet” is added to a video message (...) in which the Pope hopes that the World Cup «will be take place in complete serenity and tranquility, always with mutual respect, solidarity and fraternity among men and women who acknowledge that they are members of one family». The Pope hopes that «in addition to a sports celebration» the World Cup in Brazil will become a «festival of solidarity between nations»

«Sport is an instrument - the Pope said – with which to communicate the values ​​that promote the good in humans and help to build a more peaceful and fraternal society».

 

Therefore the Pope indicates three lessons of sport, three attitudes essential for peace: the need to «practice», «fair play» and respect for opponents.(...)

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