VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis said on Wednesday he hoped the Olympics games in Rio de Janeiro will spur Brazilians to work for a country that is more just and safe.
Speaking to pilgrims and tourists at his weekly general audience, Francis urged Brazilians to "fight the good fight" for a prize he said was much more precious than a medal.
He said this was "a civilization in which solidarity reigns and is based on the recognition that we are all members of the same human family, regardless of differences of culture, color of skin or religion."
"For Brazilians ... I hope this will be an opportunity to overcome difficult moments and commit themselves to working as a team to build a country that is more just and more safe," he said.