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Pope blesses international, interfaith soccer match for peace

Argentine Father Guillerro Karcher, a secretary to Pope Francis, attends a ceremony at the conclusion of the first "Interreligious Match for Peace" at Olympic Stadium in Rome Sept. 1. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Posted on September 2nd, 2014

Taking up a suggestion from Pope Francis, Argentine Diego Maradona and other soccer stars past and present played an “Interreligious Match for Peace” and tolerance Sept. 1, drawing some 20,000 spectators to Rome’s Olympic Stadium.


Taney Dragons’ glory days end with parade and party with Phillies

Tai Shanahan tips his cap as he is introduced along with his Taney Dragons teammates at a special ceremony Aug. 27 at Citizens Bank Park before the Phillies-Nationals game. (Photos by John Knebels) Posted on August 28th, 2014

Tai Shanahan, a parishioner and student at St. Francis de Sales Parish and School in West Philadelphia, joined his teammates again yesterday at Citizens Bank Park, where they threw out the first pitch to Phillies players. “We have a lot to be thankful for,” he said.


Taney Dragons lose a game, but everybody wins

Mo'Ne Davis pitches for Philadelphia's Taney Dragons, the Mid-Atlantic Region representative, in the Little League World Series at Williamsport, Pa., during an Aug. 20 loss to West Region representative Nevada. West Philadelphia's Tai Shanahan hit the ball in play that led to a comeback win Aug. 17 and pushed Taney into the semifinal round of the tournament, from which they were eliminated Aug. 21. (Photo by Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports) Posted on August 22nd, 2014

A member of the Little League World Series team that stole the hearts of Philadelphia and the nation is a parishioner and student of St. Francis de Sales in West Philadelphia, where the community was moved by a special group of kids.


Former major league player shares baseball skills, deep faith at camp

Retired professional baseball player Mike Sweeney addresses campers July 24 during his Catholic Baseball Camp at Russell Road Sports Complex in Kent, Wash. (CNS photo/Stephen Brashear) Posted on July 31st, 2014

After Anthony Adams received a baseball-bead rosary at Mike Sweeney Catholic Baseball Camp, he posted a photo of it on Instagram. “Like it if you love God and you like my baseball rosary,” the 12-year-old wrote.


Movie tells story of Catholic high school team’s amazing winning streak

Posted on July 26th, 2014

OAKLAND, Calif. (CNS) — This is how a movie gets made.


O’Hara football coach Dan Algeo, 49, laid to rest after Mass

Posted on July 11th, 2014

Though in disbelief of Algeo’s death, family and friends reflected on his life and the remarkable impact he made, as well as prayed for his ultimate victory in eternal life, during funeral rites this week.


Three local Catholic schools win state baseball titles

Posted on June 24th, 2014

Dominant pitching and plenty of drama led La Salle (class AAAA), John Paul II (AAA) and Devon Prep (A) to the PIAA championships this month. Each of the teams might not have expected their seasons to go so far, let alone end so well.


He’s bringing his swing to Boston

Josh Ockimey will take his powerful swing to Florida and the Gulf Coast League to begin his professional baseball career in the Red Sox organization. (Sarah Webb) Posted on June 13th, 2014

Neumann-Goretti first baseman Josh Ockimey, who hit .411 for his career with the Saints, signed a contract to begin playing ball in the Boston Red Sox organization. Meanwhile, other Catholic League teams are still vying for the state baseball title, while the softball season ended for two other teams.


In Rio, a light and sound display welcomes World Cup

Rio's Christ the Redeemer Statue glows green to help kickoff the 2014 FIFA World Cup. (CNS photo/Daniel Coelho, RIOLUZ) Posted on June 11th, 2014

SAO PAULO (CNS) — Hours before the kickoff of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Brazil welcomed the 32 teams competing in the global soccer event with a special program and a reminder of Pope Francis’ advice about sports.


There’s one thing the pope wants you do to: Win!

Posted on June 9th, 2014

Pope Francis told athletes to “Put yourself in the game with others and with God; don’t settle for a mediocre ‘tie,’ give it your all, spending your life on the thing that really matters and lasts forever.” He urged them to live life the same way they play sports: Don’t hog the ball and keep it fun.


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