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Message from the Catholic Bishops

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster, Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark, and Bishop Thomas McMahon of Brentwood, leaders of the three ‘London’ dioceses, affirm:

“On behalf of the dioceses of Brentwood, Southwark and Westminster, we strongly support this initiative to create a peace legacy for the 2012 Games. Here is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Catholics within and beyond London to take action for peace, locally, nationally and globally to mark the Olympics and Paralympics. The modern Olympics were founded to spread peaceful cooperation through sport. Catholics in our three dioceses and beyond pray that the peace in our hearts, homes and communities will be a prominent theme during London 2012 and prove a lasting legacy for future generations.”

Olympic Truce Planning Handbook 100 Days of Peace

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Information Leaflet

Handbook to help parishes plan events for the 100 Days of Peace

Helpful booklet from the International Olympic Truce Committee


Vincent Nichols


Peter Smith


Thomas McMahon

The Olympic Arch at the entrance to site of the original Games

“How can we bring a pause in the endless cycle of war and violence that has plagued this land?”

You might be fooled into thinking this is a question being asked today by our political leaders, especially after the rioting on Britain’s streets last summer.  And yet this question was asked by an elderly Greek king called Iphitos some 3,000 years ago in his desperate search for a legacy of peace for the generations after him. The answer that the king received was to “conceive of an event which would allow for men to pause from fighting temporarily without appearing weak or losing face... Conceive of such an event, then a pause for a purpose would show that peace was possible.” And so the Ancient Olympic Games were born...

Full Article by James Parker