Vincent Nichols looks forward to building a 'fraternity of peace' through games

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of of Westminster has welcomed athletes and officials to the 2012 Games in London. In a statement today the Archbishop said: “We believe every human being to be ultimately a pilgrim in search of truth, goodness and the fulfillment of potential. When this pilgrimage is lived out authentically, it opens the path to dialogue with the other, excluding no one while committing everyone to building a fraternity of peace.

“Our hope, therefore, is that all people of faith, and those of none, would pursue initiatives for peace and reconciliation in the spirit of the Ancient Games.

“We, as Christian leaders of London, joining with our neighbours and partners from many different faiths across the city, welcome to our great city the athletes and officials of the 30th Summer Olympic Games from across the globe. May this be a time of new, and renewed, friendships where deeper peace and understanding is forged between us all as a common humanity.”

The games began with an opening ceremony this evening, with the Church being actively involved with many aspects of the Games.