Joint Appeal for Peace

25 October 2022

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Our world is once again confronting conflicts, turmoil and grave challenges. The scourges of war, climate change and economic hardship have brought unspeakable pain and suffering to millions of people across the globe. As a consequence of a world war being fought piecemeal, over 100 million people have had to flee their homes, families have been separated, and countless mothers, fathers, sons and daughters are living in fear, unable to practice their faith, pursue their dreams for a better life, or even simply to play sport.

This human tragedy comes as the world is still reeling from a global pandemic that reminded us how vulnerable all human beings can be. In light of that important experience of humility, we reaffirm our determination to build on the powerful sense of solidarity with one another that emerged from the health crisis. We are convinced that it is only with such a spirit of solidarity in our hearts that we can effectively face the many challenges threatening humanity and our planet today.

In this spirit of solidarity, we urge world leaders to seek just and peaceful solutions to all disputes and conflicts. We call on them to foster dialogue, understanding and fraternity among peoples, and to uphold the dignity of every man, woman and child, especially the poor, the vulnerable, the marginalized and those suffering from the violence of war and armed conflict.

God wills the peace and unity of our human family. The Olympic and Paralympic Games are a great symbol of such unity, for they bring individuals and peoples together in healthy competition and encourage our world to see in athletic competition a genuine path to peace, founded on personal discipline and commitment to teamwork in the pursuit of excellence.

United in this conviction, we appeal to world leaders to follow this path, for the benefit of every nation and people.

Thomas Bach
IOC President

Cardinal José Tolentino de Mendonça
Prefect of the Dicastery for Culture and Education

Cardinal Kevin J. Farrell
Prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life

Cardinal Michael Czerny
Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development

[French, Italian, Spanish Translations]

The Summit "Sport for All"

Sport for all

cohesive, accessible, tailored to each person

Summit for the presentation
of the Declaration on Sport

September 29-30, 2022

The Summit involved the major sports and intergovernmental institutions and organizations and built on the October 2016 event Sport at the Service of Humanity, and the June 2018 document "Giving the Best of Yourself".

Aims and objectives:

- to promote the social and inclusive dimension of sport in society, especially when it encapsulates an authentically Christian spirit.

- to respond to the Holy Father’s encouragement of a sport that is socially responsible and his appeals to foster sport as a means of human, educational and spiritual growth.

- to urge sports and politics, international, regional and local, to embrace the Declaration by committing to work for the integration of people in society through sports, especially people with physical, intellectual and relational disabilities, migrants and refugees, prisoners, youth and the elderly, women, etc.

- to motivate sports bodies to reduce the division that exists between professional and amateur sports so that the sense of play, camaraderie, and gratuitousness is not lost.



Communiter - all together for a cohesive sport - Thomas Bach - President of the International Olympic Committee (English)

Communio - Le rôle du sport dans la construction d’une communauté - Msgr. Emmanuel Gobilliard – Bishop Delegate for Paris 2024 Olympic Games (French)

The Church, the moral good of humanity and sport - H.Em. Card. Kevin Farrell - Prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life (English)

Conferenza Stampa di presentazione - Rev. P. Alexandre Awi Mello, ISch. - Segretario, Dicastero per il Laici la Famiglia e la Vita (Italian)

Conferenza Stampa di presentazione - Msgr. Melchor Sanchez de Toca - Dicastero per l'Educazione e la Cultura (Italian)


To watch the papal audience: Vatican Media video on YouTube


To sign the declar-action:

On Oct. 25, 2022, the Holy See Press Office released a Joint Appeal for Peace that stemmed from the Summit.

For more news, video snippets, photos and other info, see: Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life

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