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Winter Olympics close to Pope Francis’ heart, says Vatican sports official

“We will win the most important medal together, if the example of athletes with disabilities helps everyone to overcome prejudices..."

Tibetans protest ‘Games of shame’

Protesters marched behind banners reading "Boycott Beijing Winter Olympics,” "Stop human rights violations in Tibet" and "Games of shame”

Pope Francis wishes Beijing Olympics to foster friendship, solidarity

“Sports, with its universal language, can build bridges of friendship and solidarity between people and peoples of every culture and religion”

Beijing reports highest COVID cases since June 2020 as Olympics loom

China will hold the Games in a strict "closed-loop" bubble as part of its zero-COVID strategy of targeted lockdowns and border restrictions

Beijing Olympic torch relay closed to public over COVID

The relay involving 1,200 torchbearers will take place across the Games' three sites and also travel to tourist attractions

Olympic flame arrives in Beijing after activists ramp up boycott calls

Activists grabbed the spotlight at Monday's lighting ceremony, unfurling a Tibetan flag and a banner that read "no genocide"

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