Welcome to London - from London church leaders
WELCOME TO ATHLETES AND OFFICIALS COMING TO LONDON FOR THE 2012 GAMES
We believe every human being to be ultimately a pilgrim in search of truth, goodness and the fulfillment of potential. When this pilgrimage is lived out authentically, it opens the path to dialogue with the other, excluding no one while committing everyone to building a fraternity of peace.
Our hope, therefore, is that all people of faith, and those of none, would “pursue initiatives for peace and reconciliation in the spirit of the Ancient Games”*.
We, as Christian leaders of London, joining with our neighbours and partners from many different faiths across the city, welcome to our great city the athletes and officials of the 30th Summer Olympic Games from across the globe. May this be a time of new, and renewed, friendships where deeper peace and understanding is forged between us all as a common humanity.
* The United Nations Resolution (A/RES/48/11) “Urges all Member States to take the initiative to abide by the Truce, individually and collectively, and to pursue in conformity with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations the peaceful settlement of all international conflicts.”
A message from Pope Benedict XV1
An Olympic message from Pope Benedict XVI (issued Sunday 22nd July) reads:
' I send greetings to the organizers, athletes and spectators alike, and I pray that, in the spirit of the Olympic Truce, the good will generated by this international sporting event may bear fruit, promoting peace and reconciliation throughout the world. Upon all those attending the London Olympic Games, I invoke the abundant blessings of Almighty God.'