The President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi took to social media to promote the initiative heading into the weekend. @cardinalravasi tweeted, “A still, small voice of silence” (1 Kings 19,12) #PAUSEforPeace #WorldCup2014
The Undersecretary of the Council for Culture, Msgr Melchor Sanchez, explained that the initiative is part of a tradition that goes back millennia. “Sports were born around religious festivities,” he said. “Sporting events were moments of peace, when wars ceased, as for the Olympic truce,” he continued, adding, “Why not for the World Cup, why not a pause, a moment of silence, a truce for peace?"