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Ronaldo Luís Nazario da Lima.

‘The Phenomenon’ is baptized at age 46: Soccer great Ronaldo Nazario embraces Catholic faith

Sep 13, 2023

By Diego Lopez Marina

The Brazilian and world soccer legend nicknamed “The Phenomenon” took a significant step in his life of faith by receiving... Read more

Soccer player Olivier Giroud, center forward for France, in victory over Argentina at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

French soccer player Olivier Giroud sends WYD message to 40,000 French pilgrims 

Aug 1, 2023

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

The 36-year-old striker sent a message to the youth of France in Lisbon encouraging them to become “missionary disciples” and... Read more

The World Cup arrived Jan. 4, 2023, at the Basilica of Our Lady of Luján in Argentina.

The Virgin and the national soccer team give hope to Argentines, priest says

Jan 6, 2023

By CNA Staff

The World Cup won by the Argentine soccer team arrived Wednesday at the Basilica of Our Lady of Luján as... Read more

Lionel Messi

Will Messi keep his promise to the Virgin Mary after winning the World Cup?

Dec 19, 2022

By CNA Staff

Lionel Messi, 35, played his fifth World Cup wearing Argentina’s jersey and the team became world champion by beating France... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square, Sept. 28, 2022

Head doctor for Madrid soccer team calls Pope Francis a ‘very stubborn patient’

Nov 23, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican has recruited the head doctor of a Madrid soccer team among a team of specialists to help treat... Read more

Bishop Stefan Oster

Ahead of 2022 FIFA World Cup, bishop calls for ‘critical look’ at situation of Christians in Qatar

Nov 17, 2022

By AC Wimmer

The “sports bishop” of the German Bishops’ Conference on Thursday called for a critical look at conditions in the competition’s... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the Argentine dwarf soccer team at an audience on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022, at the Vatican.

Pope Francis highlights the courage of Argentine dwarf soccer players

Oct 28, 2022

By CNA Staff

On Wednesday morning Pope Francis received the dwarf Argentine soccer team in an audience, encouraging them to continue with courage... Read more


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

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

Pope Francis with members of the ‘Pope’s Team - Fratelli tutti’ in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, Nov. 20, 2021.

Pope Francis meets the ‘Pope’s Team’ ahead of friendly soccer match

Nov 20, 2021

By CNA Staff

The papal team includes Swiss Guards and migrants. Read more

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

Pope Francis fields Vatican soccer team in friendly match against Roma minority

Nov 11, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The soccer match is intended to counter racism and discrimination. 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’

Feb 19, 2021

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

Jan 27, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Jan 20, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

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Austrian women's football team states regret over cancelled game with Vatican club

Jun 24, 2019

Vienna's FC Mariahilf football team has issued a statement of regret after a friendly with the Vatican women's football team... Read more

The Vatican City women's football team.

Abortion, LGBT activists disrupt Vatican women footballers' debut

Jun 23, 2019

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

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic

Croatia's World Cup soccer coach clings to the rosary as he finds success

Jul 11, 2018

By ACI Prensa

Croatia's soccer team will play Argentina in the semifinals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, after running victoriously through a... 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 meets with Special Olympics athletes at the Vatican Oct. 13, 2017.

Celebrating 50 years, Special Olympics athletes meet with Pope Francis

Oct 13, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

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