Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos, speaking at a special ceremony held in the Athens suburb of Maroussi in honour of Eunice Kennedy Shriver (1921-2009), who inspired and implemented the idea of the Special Olympic Games, said "we shall continue all together to stand by our fellow men, to care and to do what we can to support them and to give them comfort in the difficulties of life."
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.