RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 6: Pope Francis has written a letter of encouragement to the first team of refugees to participate in the Olympic Games.
Francis wished each of the 10 athletes’ success, saying he hoped that "your courage and strength find expression through the Olympic Games and serve as a cry for peace and solidarity." The letter, written in Spanish and dated July 26, was released by the Vatican on Saturday.
The pope said he had researched each of their lives through interviews and news reports. He said he was offering his prayers and signed the letter "In brotherhood, Francis."
The team of six men and four women is completing under the Olympic flag.