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'Is anyone surprised?' A Vatican response to the FIFA soccer scandal

Jun 2, 2015 - 04:40 pm .- Amid the new soccer corruption scandal that has rocked the sports world, a Vatican official has called for different sectors of society to unite in encouraging sports that contribute authentically to bettering humanity.

Pope Francis to star athletes: Don't forget to go to Mass

May 7, 2015 - 03:19 pm .- On Thursday Pope Francis demonstrated his keen interest in uniting sports with faith, telling members of Italy's Lazio club not to let training or competitions trump the spiritual essentials.

For Holy Land youth, sports center to be ground for dialogue, peace

Dec 4, 2014 - 02:05 am .- Franciscans in the Holy Land have launched a new project to bring together young people from different cultural and religious backgrounds to share in the “common language” of sports.  

Beatification cause opened for Brazil's 'Surfer Angel'

Nov 12, 2014 - 01:24 pm .- The Congregation for the Causes of Saints has approved the cause of beatification of Guido Schaffer, who was a Brazilian seminarian known as the “Anjo Surfista,” or “Surfer Angel.”

Witness through fitness: America's first pro-life half marathon

Oct 15, 2014 - 02:26 am .- When three feet of snow canceled South Dakota’s Crazy Horse half and full marathons last October, thousands of runners were disappointed – among them, a group from the National LIFE Runners Team.  

US seminarians in Rome kick-off first year with softball tradition

Sep 5, 2014 - 02:04 am .- Each year, the Pontifical North American College in Rome celebrates Labor Day by pitting its second-year seminarians against the newly-arrived first years in a game of softball.

Soccer stars to play inter-religious friendly match for peace

Jul 16, 2014 - 12:28 am .- Retired soccer star Javier “Pupi” Zanetti, who was captain of the Argentinean national team and of Inter Milan in Italy, will soon don his cleats again to take part in an inter-religious friendly match for peace.

Vatican cricket team to play Church of England in first tour

Jun 24, 2014 - 05:19 am .- St. Peter’s Cricket team begins their “Light of Faith Tour” this fall, which includes a warm-up game against a team from the Royal Household, and a final match against the Anglican Church at Canterbury.

Pope encourages athletes to play for the Church

Jun 7, 2014 - 01:10 pm .- Youth from around Italy turned St. Peter’s Square into a giant playing field on Saturday as they ran relays, played basketball and performed karate on a day dedicated to the celebration of sports.

Put your faith first, Olympian encourages young Catholics

Feb 13, 2014 - 04:02 am .- Olympic cross-country skier Rebecca Dussault recently spoke to a large crowd of young adults in Denver, exhorting them to put their Catholic faith above everything else in life.

Super Bowl prompts efforts to battle human sex trafficking

Jan 28, 2014 - 05:13 pm .- As the 2014 Super Bowl approaches, officials from government and private agencies gathered in Washington, D.C., to testify about prevention measures against the grave threat of human sex trafficking.

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.

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