Vatican Announces “Ninety Minutes for Peace” Charity Soccer Match

Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi present a "tree for peace" to Pope Francis in August 2013

In August 2013, Pope Francis met with soccer teams from Argentina and Italy who were together in Rome for a friendly match.  At that meeting, Francis told the players from both teams to remember they are role models on and off the field “for better or worse.” He asked for their prayers for himself “on the playing field God put me on.”Argentine soccer star Javier Zanetti mentioned that he'd like to see a sporting event which draws together people of different religions.That idea took shape … [Read more...]

The Scripture That Guides U.S. Soccer Champion Clint Dempsey

U.S. soccer champ Chris Dempsey, featured in Sports Spectrum

Soccer star Clint Dempsey, captain of the U.S. team, is tough as nails, talented and clever--arguably the best U.S. player ever.  If he's not as fast as he used to be, he's still a very dangerous attacker, very physical.  He suffered a broken nose early in the U.S. team's first game in the World Cup; but he's still played every minute.  Dempsey is the epitome of the gritty, never-say-die spirit that's been the hallmark of U.S. soccer in recent years.He is also a man of faith.Dempsey pen … [Read more...]

“Your Heart Is Swollen–You Can’t Let Your Team Down”: Jim Caviezel Talks About His Latest Movie

When the Game Stands Tall

On August 22, theatergoers will be treated to a new sports film from Sony Pictures and Affirm Films, WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL.Inspired by a true story, the film tells the remarkable journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur, who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport.I had the opportunity this week to talk with Jim Caviezel, who plays Coach Ladouceur, about the film.  What, I asked … [Read more...]