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

Pope Francis sends poor, needy to major Roman sporting event

Next week the poor, homeless, refugees, migrants and needy around Rome will be offered free tickets to the city's Golden... Read more

Wrigley Field.

Commentary: Virtue and a losing team

Last week I offered to spend an afternoon carrying things for my aunt, who wanted to go to an airplane... Read more

Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt at the first round game of the NCAA Tournament in Dallas, TX., on Thursday, March 15, 2018.

Meet Sister Jean: 98-year-old nun and March Madness Twitter celebrity

In the first weekend of the March Madness tournament, the most tweeted-about person might not have been a basketball player,... Read more

How to watch the Super Bowl with a clean conscience

Super Bowl Sunday. It's as American as apple pie, but in recent years, controversy has erupted over the beloved American... 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

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

Kansas City Royals' GM says he warns his team about porn

As part of a new program to educate baseball players on the dangers of substance abuse, the general manager for... Read more

Waves of Hope surf school.

This surfing school in Chile was created for kids with Down syndrome

On Sundays, Felipe Pereira is full of enthusiasm. That’s because on Sundays, the 21-year-old goes to Paradise Beach to enjoy... 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

Former Irish soccer pro Philip Mulryne was ordained a priest of the Order of Preachers, or Dominicans, on Saturday.  Read more

Lionel Messi.

Despite rumors, soccer superstar Lionel Messi not denied Catholic wedding

An Argentine diocesan official has clarified that the local archbishop did not deny a sacramental Catholic wedding to Argentinian soccer... 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

Pope Francis addressed members of the National Football League Hall of Fame on Wednesday, encouraging them to promote the values... Read more

Ventura softball star: Encountering Christ through service

To a pitcher, a little situation like bases loaded, full count and trying to protect a one-run lead in the... 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'

Former NFL quarterback Jim Harbaugh, now head coach for the University of Michigan football team, is also a Roman Catholic... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square, Oct. 5, 2016.

Pope Francis has a special message for the Super Bowl

As the Patriots and the Falcons gear up for Super Bowl LI, Pope Francis sent a message to both players... 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.

Who benefits from sports? Everyone, Pope Francis says

The beauty and joy found in sports, whether playing or watching, is something that benefits and unites everyone, regardless of... Read more

Public domain.

LA Dodgers host first-ever 'Catholic Night'

On Sept. 2, Dodger Stadium served as the center of a massive Venn diagram of local Catholics and lifelong fans... 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

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

The fascinating (and problematic) history of athletes doping

As the world's eyes are on Rio de Janeiro for last days of the 2016 Summer Olympics, the topic of... Read more

Katie Ledecky.

These two game-changing Olympians are serious Catholics

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

Sydney McLaughlin. Courtesy of Union Catholic High School.

Youngest US track Olympian relies on God when times get tough

Sydney McLaughlin has not had an easy year.  Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on Oct. 7, 2015.

What Pope Francis has to say to this year's Olympic athletes

Just two days before the Opening Ceremonies for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Pope Francis offered a... Read more