Olympic swimmer dedicates her medals to Mary

Details, from Catholic News Agency: Spanish swimmer Mireia Belmonte offered her two silver medals from the London 2012 Olympic Games to Our Lady of Monserrat in Barcelona. The 21-year-old – who won silver in the 800 meter free-style and the 200 meter butterfly – posed for a picture before the image of Our Lady of [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words, Olympics edition

This really is pure gold. With a grateful h/t to The Crescat, who has more shots like this the world should see: Caption: Ethopian runner and Orthodox Christian, Meseret Defar, shows the image of Our Lady she carried in her shirt after she won the gold medal in the 5000m race. [Read more...]

Worth a thousand words

The above image comes from the Facebook page of Palestinian runner Woroud Sawalha.  At the Olympics, she competed during the fifth preliminary heat of the women’s 800 meters.  She failed to qualify, finishing last. [Read more...]

Who knew? First winner of modern Olympics was Catholic

From the National Catholic Register:  The games were revived by Baron Pierre de Coubertin in 1896 and staged, appropriately, in Athens. His inspirational words have been repeated in every succeeding Olympiad: “The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win, but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is [Read More...]

At the Olympics, Mass appeal

They aren’t just playing.  They’re praying:  The Catholic Church of England and Wales is taking advantage of the Olympic Games to evangelize London locals, the thousands of tourists in the city for the events, and the athletes as well. Speaking to Vatican Radio, James Parker, Catholic executive coordinator for the Olympic Games, reported that not [Read More...]

Olympic athlete to enter seminary after the games

 Details:  Carlos Ballve – known as “Litus” to his friends – plays defense on the Spanish field hockey team that is competing in the London 2012 Olympic Games. But as soon as the competition ends, he will head to a Belgium seminary to begin the process of becoming priest. According to the Spanish daily El [Read More...]

Hospitality, perpetual adoration planned near Olympics

From the Catholic Herald:  Twenty-four hour exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be held in St Francis of Assisi’s church, Stratford, east London, throughout the Olympic Games, it has been announced. Not just in London but throughout the country the Church is gearing up for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Priests and religious will [Read More...]

As the Olympics begin, a look at the spiritual power of sports

From the increasingly-impressive videographers and editors at CNS: [Read more...]

Going for the gold: Catholics craft a cross for the Olympics

Details from Catholic News Agency: Catholics in England have created an Olympic Cross to help reach out to Olympians and attendees of the 2012 Olympic Games. “We wanted to create a keepsake that symbolizes everything the games truly represent, something we could then pass on to future Olympic host nations,” explained James Parker, Catholic Executive [Read More...]

Nun to carry Olympic torch

And she’s pretty remarkable.  Details:  Next Tuesday, 24 July, Sister Mary-Joy Langdon from Acton will carry the Olympic Torch in the Kingston to Ealing leg on Day 67 of the Olympic Torch Relay hoping to keep a number of different flames burning strongly. Sister Mary-Joy is no ordinary nun – if there is such a [Read More...]


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