Pope sends his wishes for peaceful Olympics

Pope Benedict XVI has sent his blessing and best wishes to

Vancouver’s archbishop for a peaceful Olympics.

In the note sent to Archbishop J. Michael Miller, the pontiff

said he hopes sport can be “a valued building block of peace and

friendship between peoples and nations.”

The pope also made reference to the Paralympics in his message

released Thursday.

The Vancouver Games open Feb. 12 and the Paralympics will be

held in the Canadian city a month later.