Posts Tagged ‘Olympic Games’

How Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue got there

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

If you have been watching the Olympics this year, odds are you have seen the famous “Christ the Redeemer” statue that overlooks the city of Rio. It is listed as one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World” and has become one of Brazil’s most famous landmarks. Measuring 124 feet tall with an arm Read more

Catholic Priest Leads Inter-religious Center at the Olympics

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

The Catholic priest coordinating the inter-religious center for athletes at the Olympic Village is looking forward to “very successful spiritual mission”. “We hope that the center will encourage harmony and unity among different countries and among different religions,” the coordinator Father Leandro Lenin Tavares says. “We are a symbol of peace, brotherhood and the unity Read more

He’s built the Ark, now waiting for flood of money

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

A Dutch carpenter inspired by a dream to construct a life-sized replica of Noah’s Ark now has a new and equally ambitious dream – to sail the vast vessel to the Olympic Games in Brazil. Johan Huibers’ Biblical boat complete with wooden animals, was constructed four years ago at the cost of nearly $1.6million (over Read more

Church is using Olympic Games to evangelise

Friday, August 10th, 2012

The Catholic Church of England and Wales is taking advantage of the Olympic Games to evangelise London locals, the thousands of tourists in the city for the events, and the athletes as well. Speaking to Vatican Radio, James Parker, Catholic executive co-ordinator for the Olympic Games, reported that not only is daily Mass celebrated within Read more

Spanish Olympian heading for seminary after Games

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Carlos Ballve — known as “Litus” to his friends — plays defence on the Spanish field hockey team competing in the London 2012 Olympic Games. But as soon as the Games end, the Spanish Olympian will head to a Belgium seminary to begin the process of becoming a priest.
According to the Spanish daily El Pais, Read more

Olympic Cross features in Catholic programme for Games

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

An Olympic Cross, hospitality centres for athletes and round-the-clock adoration of the Blessed Sacrament are featuring in the Catholic pastoral programme for the London Olympic Games. The cross will stand at the Joshua Camp, an international Catholic Olympic gathering in East London, until August 13. The camp provides hospitality and creates a Catholic presence to Read more

Pope Pius X helped with 1908 Olympic Games

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

In 1908, in the wake of a serious economic crisis, Rome renounced hosting the Olympic Games, which eventually were held in London, England. In the same year Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympics, sought help from the Vatican to support the Games, and Pope Pius X in person offered him his support. Read more

Firefighter nun will carry Olympic Torch

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

A nun will carry the Olympic Torch today as Catholic parishes across Britain prepare for a series of Masses and other events to mark the opening of the Olympic Games in London on July 27. Sister Mary-Joy Langdon, of the Sisters of the Infant Jesus, will join the Olympic Torch Relay in the Kingston to Read more

Deacons, nuns and athlete-priests to be Olympic chaplains

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

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 Read more