Audience With John Paul 2, Friday May 14, 1986
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Tennis Players from the Italian Open in 1986 were extremely fortunate to have an audience with His Holiness John Paul 2 on Friday May 14, 1986. Here is most of the video. Forgive the camerman, me! The Text of His Holiness is as follows ADDRESS OF JOHN PAUL II TO THE ITALIAN TENNIS FEDERATION Friday, 14 May 1986 Dear Friends, 1. I am pleased to meet you, the directors of the Italian Tennis Federation and the participants in the 43rd Italian International Tennis Championship. I gladly welcome you to the Vatican and I hope that your visit will serve as a moment of spiritual refreshment in the midst of the intense physical demands of the present Championship. I congratulate you on the excellence of your achievements in your sport, and I express the hope that you will always consider your ability as a gift to you from God himself. It is always a pleasure for me to meet groups of athletes from different countries and continents. Taking part in sport and the healthy competitiveness which accompanies it embody precious values which can do much to uplift the individual, and indeed can contribute much to building a society based on mutual respect and trust, and authentic peace. 2. On various occasions I have spoken publicly about sport as a real instrument of reconciliation in the world. Your presence here, from many countries, is an eloquent symbol of the power of sport to unite. It brings people together. Competition between athletes is a universal language which immediately goes ...