Vatican City, Aug 29, 2020 / 08:36 am America/Denver (CNA).
The Vatican is publishing a new book collecting Pope Francis’ notable speeches to athletes of all kinds, and which includes the testimonies of three professional athletes.
An Aug. 29 press release describes the book as a collection of the pope’s “most significant speeches to athletes,” including great champions, men and women with physical or intellectual disabilities, children, and young people.
The 124-page pocket-sized book is “a ‘manual’ that suggests the possibility of living sport - but also life itself - according to the concrete indications of an exceptional coach: Pope Francis,” the release says.
“Put Yourself in the Game: Thoughts on Sports” (in Italian Mettersi in Gioco: Pensieri sullo Sport) was edited by the Vatican’s publishing house and the Dicastery for Communications.
The quotations included in the book are preceded by testimonies from three professional athletes: the Italian soccer player Francesco Totti, former Kenyan marathoner Tegla Loroupe, and Formula One driver turned paralympian Alex Zanardi.