Brazil’s President to Pope: Please Don’t Pray for Argentina!

Pope Francis holds a jersey presented by his favorite Argentinian soccer team

Just how much clout does the Holy Father have in World Cup Soccer?  I mean, Pope Francis is a soccer fan, to be sure; but can he affect the outcome?Apparently, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff worries that the pope has a lot of influence on the outcome.  According to The Tablet, Columbian Archbishop Óscar Urbina Ortega has said that Ms. Rousseff, during her visit to the Vatican in February, asked Pope Francis for two things:1.  She asked that he record the World Cup message, which was b … [Read more...]

These Bishops Are Good “Sports”!

Bishop Hartmayer - first pitch

Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer got a standing ovation after throwing out the first pitch at a game between the Savannah Sand Gnats and the Asheville Tourists.  The Southern Cross, the newspaper for the Diocese of Savannah, captured the windup and the impressive pitch on camera, showing His Excellency's brown Franciscan robe blowing in the wind at Grayson Stadium.More than 1,500 Catholic fans were in the stands for the charity game benefitting the Savannah Social Apostolate, an outreach of … [Read more...]

The Catechism of Hockey: Sport as a Metaphor for the Catholic Faith

Catechism of Hockey - cover

I’m not much of a sports fan—Just ask my disappointed husband!  There are a few sporting events which stand out in memory, though; and going with my dad and my uncle to watch the Detroit Red Wings at Olympia Stadium is one of those golden memories.  The players wore no helmets in those days, so it was easy to pick out the superstars:  Gordy Howe, Ted Lindsay, Terry Sawchuk….I was drawn back to those childhood memories when I read Alyssa Bormes’ well-crafted new book, The Catechism of Hockey.  … [Read more...]