Sports

The Latest

Public domain.

Knights of Columbus online exhibit explores baseball's Catholic history

Oct 5, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

The Knights of Columbus are releasing a four part series presentation exploring the historical connection between the fraternal organization and... Read more

Paralympics Games 2016, basketball, USA vs. Turkey

How Paralympics prime time coverage can help ‘normalize’ persons with disabilities

Aug 30, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

A Catholic disability advocate praised an increase of television and media coverage for this year’s Paralympic Games, saying it will... Read more

Brian Siemann competes in the 2016 paralympic trials in Charlotte, North Carolina. Credit: Maria Siemann.

Brian Siemann, a paralympian raised with Catholic faith

Aug 26, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

After praying to St. Gerard about fertility problems, Teresa Siemann got more than she bargained for with quadruplets, one of... Read more

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

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

Neisi Dajomes. Credit: Ecuadorian Olympic Committee.

Ecuadorian bishops congratulate their country's first woman to win an Olympic gold medal

Aug 2, 2021

By David Ramos

The Ecuadorian bishops congratulated on Twitter Neisi Dajomes, the country’s first woman to win gold in the Olympics, for her... 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

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

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’

May 31, 2021

By CNA Staff

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

A group of high school girls running on a track. Via Shutterstock

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

May 27, 2021

By Kate Scanlon

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

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

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

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

May 5, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Apr 22, 2021

By Courtney Mares

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

Mar 19, 2021

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’

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

Credit: FocusStocker/Shutterstock

States consider limiting participation in girls sports to just girls

Feb 15, 2021

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

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

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

Nov 23, 2020

By Courtney Mares

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