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Don't reduce athletes to 'merchandise for profit,' Pope cautions

Nov 25, 2013 - 05:01 pm .- Pope Francis met with delegates of the European Olympic committee on Saturday, advising them to reject a consumerist mentality towards sports which can dehumanize athletes.

Boxing champion dedicates victory to Filipino typhoon victims

Nov 25, 2013 - 04:21 pm .- Filipino champion boxer Manny Pacquiao dedicated his Nov. 24 win to all the victims of the recent Typhoon Haiyan, offering prayers for their continued recovery.

Catholic sports group immerses athletes in richness of faith

Oct 25, 2013 - 06:03 am .- In light of recent events at the Vatican honoring the bond of sports and faith, one catholic organization revealed their goal to both evangelize through sports, as well as form athletes on an integral level.

Vatican event brings sports 'into the heart' of the Church

Oct 22, 2013 - 07:08 am .- The Vatican's Pontifical Council for Culture held a conference on “believers in the world of sports” this week to discuss the role of the Church in the realm of athletics.

Olympic gold medalist credits nuns for inspiration

Oct 20, 2013 - 03:42 pm .- At a Vatican athletic event promoting the connection between faith and sports, British Olympic gold medalist runner Jason Gardener credited Catholic nuns for encouraging him to succeed.

Argentine soccer star says meeting Pope was unforgettable

Aug 14, 2013 - 12:29 pm .- Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi said his audience with Pope Francis on August 13 in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall was a moment that he will never forget.

Pope: Beauty, generosity in sports build the common good

Aug 13, 2013 - 05:05 pm .- Following a century of Popes who have been enthusiastic about sports, Pope Francis met with the Italian and Argentine soccer teams, urging them to contribute to the common good in their calling.

Cricket star's Catholic wedding spreads joy in Sri Lanka

Jul 24, 2013 - 04:01 pm .- The marriage of Catholic Sri Lankan cricket star Angelo Mathew and national badminton player Heshani Silva caused joy among the country’s Catholics and gave added prominence to the country’s Catholic minority.

Rome visit deepens former NFL quarterback's faith

Jun 11, 2013 - 09:35 am .- As he stood next to St. Peter’s Square, former NFL quarterback Rich Gannon reflected on how his family’s first visit to Rome deepened their faith.

Miami, San Antonio bishops place NBA Championship bet

Jun 6, 2013 - 04:25 pm .- The last time Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski made a friendly bet with a bishop from Texas, he lost.

American seminarians win Clericus Cup second time

May 18, 2013 - 07:30 am .- The North American Martyrs succeeded in clinching the Clericus Cup for the second year in a row, beating the seminarians from Mater Ecclesiae by a score of 1-0.

Former NBA player visits Swiss Guard basketball team

Apr 19, 2013 - 10:25 am .- The former Los Angeles Lakers player Vlade Divac was thrilled to meet with the Swiss Guard to discuss sports and learn about their work at the Vatican.

Pope salutes his favorite soccer team

Apr 10, 2013 - 08:05 am .- Diverse groups from around the world were present at this morning’s general audience, but one – the Pope’s favorite soccer team – received a greeting from the pontiff that no one else did.

Young amputee's sports success brings joy to family

Feb 22, 2013 - 04:03 am .- The story of an Indiana teen who continues to make local sports headlines despite having prosthetic legs has highlighted the Catholic faith and pro-life devotion of his parents.

Basketball pros to become Catholic campus missionaries

Feb 14, 2013 - 12:03 am .- Best friends Jennifer Risper and Christina Wirth have given up professional basketball to become Catholic missionaries with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students' outreach to student athletes.

Catholic brothers to face-off as Super Bowl coaches

Feb 2, 2013 - 06:02 am .- Brothers John and Jim Harbaugh, coaches of the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers, respectively, have seen their fair share of sibling rivalry – but this weekend's Super Bowl should prove to be a contest like no other.

Alabama and Notre Dame bring faith to football showdown

Jan 5, 2013 - 06:15 am .- As Alabama and Notre Dame prepare to face each other in college football’s Bowl Championship Series, both teams will also have the chance to spiritually prepare for the big game.

Brazilian soccer team receives blessing for Club World Cup

Dec 3, 2012 - 04:08 pm .- The Brazilian soccer team Corinthians received a special blessing from a local priest before traveling to Japan for the 2012 Club World Cup that will take place Dec. 6-16.

Former NHL referee recalls how God changed his heart

Oct 14, 2012 - 04:54 pm .- Legendary referee Kerry Fraser is known for his trademark hairstyle and holds the record for most National Hockey League games called. However, Fraser’s life was most deeply touched by a different kind of call – one that led to his conversion to the Catholic faith.

'Use your body for the glory of God,' archbishop tells Olympians

Jul 28, 2012 - 09:03 am .- Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster reminded Olympians this afternoon that the deepest meaning of sporting achievement is giving“glory to their maker.”

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