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Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz proudly displays her Olympics gold medal and the Miraculous Medal, a devotional medallion depicting the Virgin Mary.

Here are the top faith-filled moments from the Olympics

Aug 10, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

Some competitors at the 32nd Olympiad made it clear that they were playing not only for national pride and a... Read more

Simone Biles

Catholic gymnast Simone Biles says she is ‘pro-choice’ in social media post

Aug 10, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

Olympic gymnast and Catholic Simone Biles sparked a stir on Monday, Aug. 10, when she announced on her Instagram stories... Read more

Sister Percylee Hart RSM, principal of Union Catholic Regional High School in New Jersey, sits in front a crowd of students, staff, and alumni as the crowd cheers on Sydney McLaughlin in her Gold medal race at the Tokyo Olympics.

Sydney McLaughlin wins gold and her Catholic high school goes wild

Aug 4, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

Students and staff at Union Catholic Regional High School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey cheered on Tuesday night as alumna... Read more

Simone Biles at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games

Catholic gymnast Simone Biles makes triumphant return to Olympics

Aug 3, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

Although the Tokyo Olympics did not go as planned for Simone Biles, the Catholic 24-year-old gymnast made a triumphant return... Read more

Catholic schools proud of US Olympic medalist Katie Ledecky

Aug 2, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

American Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky will be leaving Tokyo with four medals, making her the most decorated female swimmer of... Read more

Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz proudly displays her Olympics gold medal and the Miraculous Medal, a devotional medallion depicting the Virgin Mary.

Gold medalist weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz inspires the Philippines with her victory and Catholic devotion

Jul 27, 2021

By Jose Torres Jr.

After completing her final lift in a very close competition, Diaz burst into tears, clutched at the Miraculous Medal of... Read more

Iran and Poland compete in the volleyball tournament of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

Pope Francis offers blessing to athletes at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Jul 26, 2021

By CNA Staff

“In this time of pandemic, may these Games be a sign of hope,” the pope said. Read more

Mahira Bergallo Brzezicki, who will compete at the 2021 Paralympics in Toyko. Courtesy photo.

She overcame adversity with faith and is heading to the Paralympics in Tokyo

Jul 21, 2021

By Giselle Vargas

Mahira Bergallo Brzezicki, 19, is an Argentine athlete who will be participating in the Paralympic Games in Tokyo, proud of... Read more

Member seeks House vote on US boycott of 'Genocide Games' in Beijing

Jul 14, 2021

By CNA Staff

A member of Congress is seeking a vote by the entire U.S. House to require the Biden Administration to push... Read more

US Gymnastics Olympic Team

U.S. Olympian takes her Catholic faith to Tokyo games

Jul 1, 2021

By CNA Staff

U.S. Olympic gymnast Grace McCallum is bringing both her skills and her Catholic faith to the Tokyo games in July.  Read more

Members of Congress call for boycott of 2022 Olympics in Beijing

May 18, 2021

Congressional leaders called for a boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics – if they are held as scheduled in Beijing... Read more

Saint Andrew Kim Taegon.

Amidst the Pyeongchang Games, remembering Korea’s martyrs

Feb 13, 2018

As the 2018 Winter Olympic Games continue in Pyeongchang, the world is watching Korea for more than just sports.  Read more

Yuna Kim.

Catholic skater Yuna Kim lights the Olympic torch

Feb 9, 2018

By Courtney Mares

Catholic Olympic gold-medalist Yuna Kim lit the torch at the Opening Ceremony for the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South... Read more

Olympic rings.

Holy See to participate in Olympic opening ceremony, IOC strategy session

Feb 6, 2018

By Elise Harris

A delegation from the Holy See is in South Korea this week to participate in the opening of the Winter... Read more

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

Pope Francis dedicates Olympic month to praying for sports

Aug 21, 2016

By Elise Harris

While Pope Francis has often spoken about sports as a means of fellowship and fraternity, the message has a special... Read more

Mother Angelica.

This three-time Olympian wishes she could dine with Mother Angelica

Aug 20, 2016

When the New York Times interviewed retired Olympian Dominique Dawes, she was asked a peculiar question: if you could have... Read more

Abbey D'Agostino. Courtesy of Dartmouth University.

Olympic runner who helped fallen competitor finds inspiration in God

Aug 17, 2016

By Kevin J. Jones

An Olympic runner whose sportsmanship drew headlines this week says that her faith in God helps her to find joy... Read more

Top left to right, Anabelle Smith, Katie Ledecky, Lia Neal, bottom left to right, Erin Rafuse, Gaby Lopez, KK Clark. Courtesy of Sacred Heart Schools.

This Catholic school network produced nine Rio Olympians

Aug 13, 2016

Katie Ledecky, Lia Neal, and Anabelle Smith are some names you might hear on television if you are watching the... Read more

Katie Ledecky.

These two game-changing Olympians are serious Catholics

Aug 9, 2016

By Mary Farrow

Simone Biles and Katie Ledecky are two of the names to know in this year's summer Olympic games in Rio.  Read more