Pope Francis sent warm greetings to participants in the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games that are about to open in Beijing on 4 February and 4 March, respectively.Speaking during the Wednesday General Audience, he sent wishes for success to both the organizers and the athletes.

“Sport, with its universal language, can build bridges of friendship and solidarity between people and peoples of every culture and religion.”

“I therefore appreciate that the International Olympic Committee has added the word ‘Communiter,’ meaning ‘Together’ to the historic Olympic motto ‘Citius, Altius, Fortius’, that is ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’: so that the Olympic Games may nurture a more fraternal world,” he said.

The above comes from a Feb. 2 posting on Vatican News.

Defenders of persecuted Uyghurs point to human rights

“Enabling China to host the Olympics and to use it as a promotional event without addressing its human rights crises sends a signal to China that the international community will not hold it accountable,” Koen Stoop, the E.U. policy director for the World Uyghur Congress, told Breitbart News in a recent statement. “This will only encourage the Chinese regime to continue its crimes against Uyghurs and others.”

From an August 28 story in Breitbart News.