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Pope Francis meets with members of the Italian Basketball Federation at the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, May 31, 2021.

Pope Francis: Basketball is a sport that ‘lifts you up to the heavens’

He made the remark during an audience with members of the Italian Basketball Federation. Read more

Newspaper edits opinion piece on transgender athletes to remove ‘hurtful language’ 

A religious liberty law firm says a major national newspaper edited a gender description in an opinion piece by one... 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

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

Gino Bartali (1914-2000) competing in the 1938 Tour de France.

Catholic cycling champion who saved Jews during World War II honored in Assisi

Gino Bartali helped to save more than 800 Jews from Nazi persecution. Read more

Pope Francis meets a delegation from the Pro Recco Waterpolo 1913 Team at the Vatican, April 22, 2021.

Pope Francis: The biggest defeat for an athlete is to not play as a team

The pope told a team of top water polo players not to “play alone.” Read more

Polish windsurfing star Zofia Klepacka

Polish windsurfing star: I convinced a woman not to have an abortion

A Polish windsurfing star has described how she convinced a woman not to have an abortion, saying that “if we... 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’

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

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States consider limiting participation in girls sports to just girls

Several state legislatures are considering requirements that student-athletes at public schools only participate in sports according to their biological sex,... 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

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

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

Pope Francis meets a delegation from the National Basketball Players Association at the Vatican Nov. 23, 2020. Photo

Pope Francis and NBA players discuss social justice in Vatican meeting

Pope Francis met with five NBA players at the Vatican Monday to discuss their efforts to combat social and economic... Read more

Pope Francis holds a soccer ball in St. Peter's Square in 2015.

Book collects Pope Francis' words of encouragement to athletes

The Vatican is publishing a new book collecting Pope Francis’ notable speeches to athletes of all kinds, and which includes... Read more

Seth McGarry on the mound. Courtesy photo.

For this Catholic baseball player, a season off is ‘a relief’

Seth McGarry, a pitcher in the Philadelphia Phillies minor league system, has never really not played baseball. But with baseball... Read more

Alex Zanardi competes in the Rome Marathon with his handcycle April 2, 2017.

Pope Francis thanks Paralympian Alex Zanardi for offering 'lesson in humanity'

Pope Francis has written a letter of encouragement to Alex Zanardi, a Formula One driver turned Paralympic champion who is... Read more

Peter Sagan gives Pope Francis a custom racing bike in Vatican colors, Jan. 24, 2018.

Pope Francis teams up with Olympic athletes for coronavirus charity auction

Pope Francis has teamed up with Olympic athletes for a charity auction this month to support hospitals in the regions... Read more

Monsignor Stephen Rossetti, Catholic chaplain for the Washington Nationals. Photo courtesy of Msgr. Rossetti.

Meet the Catholic chaplain to the Washington Nationals

A professional baseball clubhouse might not be considered a particularly religious place today, but one chaplain says the Catholic priesthood... Read more

Father Jude McKenna holds his Order of the Rising Sun award alongside Japan's Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland, Mari Miyoshi.

Japan awards priest for promoting friendship in Africa through judo

A Capuchin Franciscan priest from Northern Ireland who spent 50 years on mission in Zambia has been awarded one of... Read more

The Vatican City women's football team.

Abortion, LGBT activists disrupt Vatican women footballers' debut

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

Detroit archdiocese cancels sporting events on Sundays

The Archdiocese of Detroit has announced that it will no longer hold required sporting events on Sundays, in an effort... Read more

Sr. Rita Clare Yoches. Screenshot.

Former pro football player prepares to take final vows as a nun

Every single vocation story is different, but Sr. Rita Clare (Anne) Yoches is probably one of the more unusual.  Read more