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University of Notre Dame Head Football Coach Marcus Freeman

Update: Notre Dame football coach calls conversion to Catholic faith ‘a personal decision’

Sep 16, 2022

By Zelda Caldwell, Jonathan Liedl

Head football coach Marcus Freeman told members of the press Sept. 15 that he had tried to keep his recent... Read more

Notre Dame head football coach Marcus Freeman

Notre Dame head football coach Marcus Freeman joins the Catholic Church

Sep 14, 2022

By Zelda Caldwell, Jonathan Liedl

“Welcome to our newest Catholic, Marcus Freeman,” read an announcement in the Sept. 11 bulletin published by St. Pius X... Read more

Real Madrid offers the Champions League trophy to Our Lady.

Real Madrid offers European Cup to the Virgin of Almudena

May 31, 2022

By Eduardo Berdejo

Real Madrid CF returned Sunday to Spain after winning the EUFA Champions League final, and offered the Virgin of Almudena... Read more

The Cincinnati Bengals play the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LVI on Feb. 13, 2022.

Do the Bengals have a prayer? Will the Rams reach the Promised Land? LA, Cincy archbishops place their bets

Feb 9, 2022

By Christine Rousselle

The archbishops of Los Angeles and Cincinnati announced a friendly wager on Wednesday, Feb. 9 ahead of the upcoming Super... Read more

Catholic University of America Head Football Coach Mike Gutelius with the Catholic University Cardinals. Credit: Catholic University football team.

Cardinal virtues set the Catholic University Cardinals apart

May 6, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

College football is an intense competition that challenges young men to push their abilities to the limits. Catholic University of... Read more

New Orleans saints NFL club logo.

Retired judge hears arguments about NFL emails in clergy abuse case

Feb 20, 2020

A retired New Orleans judge heard arguments on Thursday on whether private correspondence between an NFL franchise and the Archdiocese... Read more

A March 3, 2018 match between the North American Martyrs and the Urban Lions.

American seminarians to battle for the title in Rome soccer tournament

May 25, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

For the first time in five years, seminarians and student priests from the North American College in Rome will hit... Read more

How to watch the Super Bowl with a clean conscience

Jan 30, 2018

By Adelaide Mena

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

Fr. Philip Mulryne, OP, is ordained a priest by Archbishop Joseph Augustine Di Noia at a July 8 Mass in Dublin.

Ordained a priest, former Manchester United footballer's goal is Christ

Jul 10, 2017

Former Irish soccer pro Philip Mulryne was ordained a priest of the Order of Preachers, or Dominicans, on Saturday.  Read more

Pope Francis meets with NFL Hall of Fame group in Vatican City on June 21, 2017.

Meeting with NFL hall-of-famers, Pope Francis promotes teamwork

Jun 21, 2017

Pope Francis addressed members of the National Football League Hall of Fame on Wednesday, encouraging them to promote the values... Read more

Pope Francis is presented with an S.S. Lazio jersey at his meeting with the Coppa Italia finalists at the Vatican, May 16, 2017.

Be champions of virtue, Pope Francis tells Coppa Italia finalists

May 16, 2017

Two opposing Italian football teams came together on Tuesday to meet in a private audience with Pope Francis, where he... Read more

Pope Francis with Michigan Wolverine's football coach Jim Harbaugh in Vatican City, April 26, 2017.

Jim Harbaugh: My priorities are 'faith, then family, then football'

Apr 26, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Former NFL quarterback Jim Harbaugh, now head coach for the University of Michigan football team, is also a Roman Catholic... Read more

Pope Francis receives a Villarreal CF jersey during his meeting with the club, Feb. 23, 2017.

Gratitude is central, Pope Francis tells Spanish footballers

Feb 24, 2017

Meeting with the members of the Spanish football team Villarreal CF on Thursday, Pope Francis stressed the importance of gratitude... Read more

A response of prayer and solidarity to the Chapecoense plane crash

Nov 29, 2016

A wave of solidarity and calls for prayer have inundated social networks and the media following Monday's crash in Colombia... Read more

Fr. Cañón with his soccer team in Cameroon.

This priest in Cameroon evangelizes through soccer

May 25, 2016

Father William Cañón is a Colombian missionary in Cameroon who transforms into a soccer coach every Sunday, helping to bring... Read more

(L-R) Ronaldinho, José María del Corral, Pope Francis, Enrique Palmeyro, and Bryan Ruiz announce the Match for Peace at a Vatican press conference, Feb. 3, 2016.

Pope Francis announces second soccer 'Match for Peace'

Feb 5, 2016

By Elise Harris

Sitting alongside soccer stars such as Ronaldinho and Bryan Ruiz on Wednesday, Pope Francis announced that a second edition of... Read more

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Faith on the football field – Fargo high school stands up for religious freedom

Nov 16, 2015

A Catholic high school in North Dakota believes prayer is at the heart of every activity – even a football... Read more

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

Pope Francis' match for peace thrills with positive message

Sep 2, 2014

By Elise Harris

Players, singers and sponsors who participated in Pope Francis' interreligious match for peace have praised him for the idea, stating... 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 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