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Soccer manager turned priest shares message of peace ahead of World Cup playoffs

Oct 7, 2022

By CNA Staff

Father David Jasso appealed to players and fans to remember “that sports and soccer are also a gift from God.” Read more

soccer players participate in the 2014 Match for Peace in Rome's Olympic Stadium on Sept. 1, 2014.

Does faith get a yellow card at the FIFA World Cup?

Jul 6, 2018

By Courtney Mares

As a passionate soccer fan, Jennifer Bryson has been faithfully watching every game she can during the 2018 FIFA World... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square, June 18, 2014.

Argentine national soccer team sends autographed jersey to Pope

Jul 20, 2014

In a gesture of gratitude and affection, the Argentinean national soccer team, which lost Sunday to Germany in the 2014... Read more

Msgr. Melchor Sanchez, undersecretary at the Pontifical Council for Culture, holds a sign with the hashtag in front of the Vatican.

Vatican lauds wide reach of #PAUSEforPeace campaign

Jul 16, 2014

In wake of the Vatican’s viral campaign urging faithful worldwide to pause for a moment of silence during the world... Read more

Msgr. Melchor Sanchez, undersecretary at the Pontifical Council for Culture, holds a sign with the hashtag in front of the Vatican.

Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final

Jul 10, 2014

By Elise Harris

The Pontifical Council for Culture has launched an effort designed to unite the world in asking for peace in warring... Read more

Mother of Brazilian soccer star reveals she considered abortion

Jul 8, 2014

Thiago Silva might not have been the captain of the Brazilian national team playing in the semi-finals this week in... Read more

FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil.

Brazilian diocese offers foreign language Masses during World Cup

Jun 20, 2014

The Archdiocese of Belo Horizonte – one of the 12 Brazilian cities hosting World Cup matches – has announced a... Read more

Chilean bishop: World Cup should remind us of human dignity

Jun 19, 2014

The World Cup should be an opportunity to emphasize that all persons, soccer players included, have worth because of their... Read more

FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil.

World Cup 2014: pray for soccer players, Mexican cardinal urges

Jun 18, 2014

The Archbishop of Mexico has joined Pope Francis in calling on the World Cup to be played in an atmosphere... Read more

Clint Dempsey at FUSE event With Three Days Grace in 2006.

Christian faith critical for World Cup star Clint Dempsey

Jun 17, 2014

U.S. soccer fans went wild on Monday as team captain Clint Dempsey scored a goal during the first minute of... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square for the Italian Sporting Center's celebration of sports June 7, 2014.

May the World Cup be a 'feast of solidarity,' Pope exhorts

Jun 12, 2014

By Elise Harris

In a video message Pope Francis sent for the start of the World Cup, he outlined the importance of good... Read more

Pope Francis meets with students in Paul VI audience hall on May 31, 2014.

Argentina team travels to World Cup with huge Pope Francis photo

Jun 10, 2014

The Argentinean team playing for the World Cup is bringing with it a larger-than-life photo of the players with Pope... Read more

Announcment of Talitha Kum's new campaign against human trafficking 'Play for life, against human trafficking' at the Vatican, May 20, 2014.

Anti-human trafficking effort launched ahead of World Cup

May 20, 2014

By Elise Harris

The U.S. embassy to the Holy See has partnered with women religious in a new anti-human trafficking campaign being launched... Read more