Deacons, nuns and athlete-priests to be Olympic chaplains

Some people are simply gifted at sport; they excel at any challenge involving a ball, a stick or a physical contest nearly as soon as they turn their hands to it.

One such person is Father Geoff Hilton, a priest from Salford diocese in the north of England, who will be serving as one of the Olympic chaplains to athletes competing in the 2012 Games in London, Catholic News Service reports.

It was because of his sporting prowess that the former police officer from Manchester was hand-picked to become one of 16 official Catholic chaplains appointed by the Olympics organising committee.

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