Pope blesses Olympic flame
ROME -- With a blessing from Pope Benedict XVI, the Olympic flame began its journey across Italy to the Turin Winter Games.
"May this flame remind everybody of the values of peace and brotherhood that are at the basis of the Olympics," Benedict told a crowd in St. Peter's Square on Thursday.
I'm not sure what the Pope was doing, but this should explain it. About his words: I think the Pope's memory's going bad.
The Olympic Flame or Olympic Fire is a symbol of the Olympic Games. Commemorating the theft of fire from the Greek god Zeus by Prometheus, its origins lie in ancient Greece, when a fire was kept burning throughout the celebration of the ancient Olympics. The fire was reintroduced at the Olympics in 1928, and it has been part of the modern Olympic Games ever since. The modern torch relay was introduced by Adolf Hitler, at the Berlin Games of 1936, as part of an effort to turn the games into a glorification of the Third Reich. But despite its Nazi origin, the torch ceremony is still practiced as of 2005.
Peace and brotherhood right? Well, what would Jesus do?
"Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword."
"Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division [..]"