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Polish windsurfing star Zofia Klepacka

Polish windsurfing star: I convinced a woman not to have an abortion

A Polish windsurfing star has described how she convinced a woman not to have an abortion, saying that “if we... Read more

Pope Francis meets a delegation from the Italian soccer club Sampdoria Feb. 19, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis to soccer players: ‘The most beautiful victories are those you win as a team’

Pope Francis said on Friday that participation in sports can help people to grow in holiness, stressing the importance of... Read more

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States consider limiting participation in girls sports to just girls

Several state legislatures are considering requirements that student-athletes at public schools only participate in sports according to their biological sex,... Read more

Gianluigi Buffon plays in goal for Juventus in the Coppa Italia on Feb. 13, 2020. Credit: sbonsi via Shutterstock.

Leading soccer goalkeeper in Italy faces penalty for blaspheming

A leading Italian soccer player is facing a possible ban after allegedly blaspheming last month.  Read more

Pope Francis gives a thumbs-up at the general audience in St. Peter’s Square on March 21, 2018. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis congratulates Italian soccer team on win against Roma

Pope Francis met on Wednesday with players of the northern Italian soccer club Spezia after they eliminated the fourth-seeded A.S. Roma... Read more

Pope Francis meets a delegation from the National Basketball Players Association at the Vatican Nov. 23, 2020. Photo

Pope Francis and NBA players discuss social justice in Vatican meeting

Pope Francis met with five NBA players at the Vatican Monday to discuss their efforts to combat social and economic... Read more

Pope Francis holds a soccer ball in St. Peter's Square in 2015.

Book collects Pope Francis' words of encouragement to athletes

The Vatican is publishing a new book collecting Pope Francis’ notable speeches to athletes of all kinds, and which includes... Read more

Seth McGarry on the mound. Courtesy photo.

For this Catholic baseball player, a season off is ‘a relief’

Seth McGarry, a pitcher in the Philadelphia Phillies minor league system, has never really not played baseball. But with baseball... Read more

Alex Zanardi competes in the Rome Marathon with his handcycle April 2, 2017.

Pope Francis thanks Paralympian Alex Zanardi for offering 'lesson in humanity'

Pope Francis has written a letter of encouragement to Alex Zanardi, a Formula One driver turned Paralympic champion who is... Read more

Peter Sagan gives Pope Francis a custom racing bike in Vatican colors, Jan. 24, 2018.

Pope Francis teams up with Olympic athletes for coronavirus charity auction

Pope Francis has teamed up with Olympic athletes for a charity auction this month to support hospitals in the regions... Read more

Monsignor Stephen Rossetti, Catholic chaplain for the Washington Nationals. Photo courtesy of Msgr. Rossetti.

Meet the Catholic chaplain to the Washington Nationals

A professional baseball clubhouse might not be considered a particularly religious place today, but one chaplain says the Catholic priesthood... Read more

Father Jude McKenna holds his Order of the Rising Sun award alongside Japan's Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland, Mari Miyoshi.

Japan awards priest for promoting friendship in Africa through judo

A Capuchin Franciscan priest from Northern Ireland who spent 50 years on mission in Zambia has been awarded one of... Read more

The Vatican City women's football team.

Abortion, LGBT activists disrupt Vatican women footballers' debut

The international debut of the Vatican women's football team, which was scheduled to play in a friendly against the Vienna... Read more

Detroit archdiocese cancels sporting events on Sundays

The Archdiocese of Detroit has announced that it will no longer hold required sporting events on Sundays, in an effort... Read more

Sr. Rita Clare Yoches. Screenshot.

Former pro football player prepares to take final vows as a nun

Every single vocation story is different, but Sr. Rita Clare (Anne) Yoches is probably one of the more unusual.  Read more

Pope Francis holds a soccer ball in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on Aug. 26, 2015.

Pope Francis sends poor, needy to major Roman sporting event

Next week the poor, homeless, refugees, migrants and needy around Rome will be offered free tickets to the city's Golden... Read more

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Commentary: Virtue and a losing team

Last week I offered to spend an afternoon carrying things for my aunt, who wanted to go to an airplane... Read more

Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt at the first round game of the NCAA Tournament in Dallas, TX., on Thursday, March 15, 2018.

Meet Sister Jean: 98-year-old nun and March Madness Twitter celebrity

In the first weekend of the March Madness tournament, the most tweeted-about person might not have been a basketball player,... Read more

How to watch the Super Bowl with a clean conscience

Super Bowl Sunday. It's as American as apple pie, but in recent years, controversy has erupted over the beloved American... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Special Olympics athletes at the Vatican Oct. 13, 2017.

Celebrating 50 years, Special Olympics athletes meet with Pope Francis

On Friday, Pope Francis met with soccer players in the Special Olympics, commending their commitment to the promotion of inclusion... Read more