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Vatican Publishes Book Compilation of the Pope’s Messages to Athletes

The book hopes to inspire people with disabilities, young children, and aspiring athletes.

It’s no secret that Pope Francis is a sports fan, especially football. That’s why it’s quite fitting that the Vatican is publishing a new book collecting Pope Francis’ notable speeches to athletes. It also includes testimonies of three professional athletes.

The Vatican describes the book as a collection of the pope’s “most significant speeches to athletes,” including champions, men and women with physical or intellectual disabilities, and children and young people. (Read: Pope Francis Surprises Kids at the Vatican Summer Camp)

The pocket-sized book, titled Put Yourself in the Game: Thoughts on Sports (Italian translation: Mettersi in Gioco: Pensieri sullo Sport), is a 124-page manual that suggests the possibility of living sport and life itself, according to the wise words of an exceptional coach that is Pope Francis.

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Entitled “Put Yourself in the Game: Thoughts on Sports (Italian translation: Mettersi in Gioco: Pensieri sullo Sport), the book was edited by Vatican’s publishing house and the Dicastery for Communications. (Photo from Frontiera Rieti)

Put Yourself in the Game: Thoughts on Sports

The book was edited by Vatican’s publishing house and the Dicastery for Communications. It also includes testimonies from three professional athletes: Italian soccer player Francesco Totti, former Kenya marathoner Tegla Loroupe, and Formula One driver turned paralympian Alex Zanardi. (Read: Croatia’s head coach clings to the rosary as team makes it to the finals)

It can be recalled that in 2016, Pope Francis gave a message of enlightenment at a Vatican conference in sports. He said that “sport is a human activity of great value, able to enrich people’s lives. As far as the Catholic Church is concerned, she is working in the world of sport to bring the joy of the Gospel, the inclusive and unconditional love of God for all human beings.”

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