Pope Francis encourages refugee Olympians to 'serve as a cry for peace and solidarity'

Pope Francis
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In a letter released by the Vatican Saturday morning, Pope Francis offered words of encouragement to the 10 athletes who will compete at the Rio Olympics as the first team of refugees.

Signed, "In brotherhood, Francis," the letter offered the pope's prayers and his hope that "your courage and strength find expression through the Olympic Games and serve as a cry for peace and solidarity."

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