The Ecumenical Patriarch added that "the difficulties are not only for the handicapped, but for the healthy as well. The church teaches us to struggle for the good struggle of life, always with love for all our fellow men."
He expressed his joy and satisfaction over the fact that "last (Saturday) night's great and historic event of the inauguration of the Special Olympics is continuing."
Referring to Eunice Shriver, he said "she was interested in people with mental problems.Whatever one does for people who offered so much to humanity is litte."
The event was also attended by the wife of the US Vice-President, Jill Biden, as well as Tim Shriver, president of the World movement of the Special Olympics and son of the person being honoured.