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