Pope speaks of hope for Games
Pope Benedict XVI has said he hopes the London Olympics will help promote peace and reconciliation in the world.
Pope Benedict said the Games, which kick off on Friday, carry a "strong symbolic value" in bringing athletes from around the world together.
Speaking today during his traditional blessing, Pope Benedict said he hopes the UN's call for a truce in all countries during the Olympics will promote peace and reconciliation around the world during the sporting event.
The Vatican has recently launched a new sporting office as a sign of its interest in infusing the sporting world with Christian values.
Pope Benedict spoke from the papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo, south of Rome.