The famous Swiss Guard receives us every morning. Residing in Switzerland, I find it so appropriate! The conference for Faith and Sports is developing extremely well. It is a powerful and very positive message to the modern world about a holistic perspective on mankind, as we always expressed it in the YMCA – it is all about BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT.
The signal from Pope Francis is very clear – he opens the Vatican for the modern world. The IOC, the Paralympics, Coca Cola, Allianz Insurance, Eni Energy, a multitude of sports organizations find themselves for the first time inside the walls of the Vatican. They are amazed, and we, who have been here before through ecumenical church chanels, are amazed as well to find ourselves in such exciting company here.
Here the Secretary General of the United Nations giving his blessing for the message of the conference.
His Eminence Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi gave a splendid input on the thinking of the Vatican behind the conference. “Challenge yourself in the game of life, as you do in the game of sport” is the message from Pope Francis.
Mel Young, Founder of the Homeless World Cup in football.
The Declaration of Principles are being signed by the conference participants and they will be published together with the final report. Exciting to see the outcomes. Everybody want to reach a very practical level of action steps, and it has a real potential to unify us around a very positive message about Faith and Sports.
St Peter Square has experienced many gatherings of people through the centuries, and makes no exception for us. Sometimes it is raining cats and dogs and sometimes the sun is shining. The Square is the same!