Posts Tagged ‘Sport and Religion’

Pope hints at an encyclical letter about sport

Thursday, March 11th, 2021

An extensive conversation with Pope Francis has been appropriately called “una ‘enciclica laica,’ ” a “secular encyclical” by his interlocutor, the journalist Pier Bergonzi. In the course of the interview, Francis was asked if he might consider writing an encyclical on sports. His response leaves open an intriguing possibility: “Perhaps this conversation can be defined Read more

Faith before footy says NRL player

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Will Hopoate will ask to be allowed to put his faith before footy and request a no-Sundays clause in his next NRL deal. Hopoate also revealed he was yet to decide if he would play in Canterbury’s Sunday clash with the Sydney Roosters in just over two weeks. Related Posts:Parents and church clash over school Read more

Football player gets a yellow card for thanking God

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

In Mexico Dante Turo, who is a quarterback got a yellow card for pointing up to heaven after he had scored. As he crossed the goal line Turo, a devout Christian, raised his right arm and pointed skyward. He also held the football up with his left hand. “I was just trying to give glory Read more

Faith is the glue in Pasifika Rugby World cup teams

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

A shared Christian faith played a big part in all of the Pasifika teams competing in the Rugby World Cup. And it was not just a matter of praying for a victory. That strategy was no doubt not ignored; on this occasion seems to have been remarkably unsuccessful. But it was their shared Christian faith Read more

Benedict: sport is integral to personal development

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Sport is integral to the development of the person, Pope Benedict said on Friday. Sports teams can help develop participants and spectators in important values, including ‘brotherhood’ generosity, honesty, self-sacrifice and respect for one’s adversaries, the pontiff told players and fans of the European Soccer Championship. Benedict XVI said that if sport is understood in this way, it Read more

All Black Sonny Bill William’s wing and a prayer

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

The rise and rise of Sonny Bill Williams has created the country’s first Muslim superstar.

Senior Islamic figures say people are seeking them out for insights into the All Black’s preparations for the Rugby World Cup.

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IRB now targets the Bible in crackdown

Friday, October 7th, 2011

They have been accused of draw rigging, penny pinching and racism during the World Cup and having got mouth-guards under control, the IRB targets the Bible in its latest crackdown – no Biblical quotes on wrist strappings without prior approval. While refusing to comment further on the matter, a member of Australian team management confirmed that the directive, Read more

Sport and religion used to find a better life

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Sika Manu plays for the Melbourne Storm.  The 24-year-old says he could have followed many of his friends into gang life. But he used sport and religion to find a better way and he said he would one day like to help others who were at risk of travelling the wrong path. Manu’s  arms, legs and torso Read more

Fiji squad holds nightly church services

Friday, September 9th, 2011

The Fiji squad holds nightly church services to help them bond as they prepare for the Rugby World Cup. Fiji’s strong Christian heritage had helped bind the side together since their arrival in New Zealand The 30 strong  squad features 21 overseas-based players. “It’s a team literally from around the globe – all over Europe, Japan, Read more