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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

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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

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