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Moral perfection, the loftiest value of sport

· Benedict XVI to a Congress of sports doctors ·

Moral and spiritual perfection are worth more than any physical achievement and constitute the greatest value of sport. The Holy Father said this to those taking part in the Thirty-Second World Congress of Sports Medicine, whom he received in audience on Thursday morning, 27 September, in the Hall of the Swiss at the Papal Residence in Castel Gandolfo.

In his Discourse, which he gave in English to the Congress members who came from 117 countries on the five continents, Benedict XVI emphasized “the capacity for sports and athletic endeavours to unite persons and peoples in the common pursuit of peaceful competitive excellence”, as the recent Olympics and Paralympics in London have shown. Moreover, the Pope added, “the universal appeal and importance of athletics and the field of sports medicine are also justly reflected in the theme of your Congress this year, which speaks of the worldwide implications of your work, and its potential to inspire many different people all around the globe”.

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