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Various publications exist carrying papal texts touching on the theme of sports. Together with those readily available on, we refer you to those collected by our partners at the Dicastery for the Laity, Life and Family.

Why Culture & Sport?

by Mons. Melchor Sanchez de Toca y Alameda, Undersecretary of the Council In December 2011, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi created a new office in the Pontifical Council for Culture dedicated to sport. Why? The infant department "Culture & Sport" has the task of establishing a dialogue with the world of sports, which is one of the most important cultural phenomena of our time.... Read more

A Crown for Australia

The main theme for the Social Justice Statement of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference in 2014 has been dedicated to the analysis of the vital role sports play in everyday life of the Australians. Praising the gift sport represents, both for single individuals and society as whole, and the... Read more

New Ancient Texts on Sport

On 13 June 2012 the Vatican's Newspaper the Osservatore Romano announced the discovery by Marina Molin Pradel, in the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Monaco, of a codex containing 29 undiscovered homilies of Origen, the great Alexandrian writer and exegete who lived in the Third Century. Here are some of the ancient words:


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Sport Seminar

As the interreligious game for peace took place at Rome's Stadio Olimpico on 1 September 2014, the Pontifical Council for Culture, in collaboration with the Italian Bishops' Conference's office for Leisure, Tourism and Sport and the John Paul II Foundation for Sport, has organized a meeting for those leading International Catholic Sporting Associations with some days of reflection on the theme:... Read more

School of Thought

School of Thought   The Italian Episcopal Conference's Ufficio Nazionale per la Pastorale del Tempo Libero, Turismo e Sport  in collaboration with Section “Church and Sport" of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, Family and Life, and the Department “Culture & Sport” of the Pontifical Council for Culture are the promoters of a School of Thought “Sport for Humanity, open to the... Read more

Believers in the World of Sports

The Pontifical Council for Culture, in collaboration with the National Office for Pastoral Leisure, Tourism and Sport of the Italian Episcopal Conference called all international and national bodies of sport (professional, school associations and sport for all) for a day of encounter and testimony on the theme of Believing in the World of Sport in the Vatican on Oct. 21st, 2013. ... Read more