12 JUNE 2003
CATHOLIC BISHOPS ISSUE PASTORAL LETTER TO MARK
SPECIAL OLYMPICS WORLD SUMMER GAMES AND
EUROPEAN YEAR OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
The Irish Bishops’ Conference has issued a Pastoral Letter “LIFE IN ALL ITS FULLNESS” to
mark the European Year of People with Disabilities and the Special Olympics World Summer
Games which take place later this month.
Over 200,000 copies of the Pastoral Letter will be available in parishes throughout the
country this coming weekend 14/15 June.
At the request of the Four Church Leaders, a PRAYER FOR THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS
is also being distributed to parishes for use this weekend.
The texts of both the Pastoral Letter and the Prayer are attached, and are available on
the website of the Catholic Communications Office (www.catholiccommunications.ie) which
also provides Church-related information and resources regarding the Special Olympics.
12 June 2003
Catholic Communications Office: 01 505 3000
Fr Martin Clarke: 087 220 8044
Ms Brenda Drumm: 087 233 7797