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Olympic torch blessed Pope

December 8 2005

Today, Pope Benedict XVI blessed the Olympic flame torch, who began his baton of Italian cities in the direction of Turin, where on Feb. 10, 2006 Winter Olympics open.

"Let the Olympic flame will be a symbol of peace, friendship and understanding among peoples," - said the pontiff, when addressing a group of athletes who, together with other believers gathered today at St. Peter's Square. Roman pontiff, speaking almost in front of 40 thousand pilgrims from the window of his office, congratulated the congregation with an important Catholic holiday calendar - the day of the Immaculate Conception. He also recalled the importance for the life of the Church of Vatican II (universal) church, which ended in Rome exactly 40 years ago, under the chairmanship of Pope Paul VI, ITAR-TASS

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