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Pope Sets up a Vatican Sports Department

4 August, 2004 3:11 PM

The Pope is experimenting with an interesting approach to Mission....

"The Vatican now has a sports department.

Pope John Paul, who was athletic in his younger days, has established a sports bureau in the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Lay People.

The Vatican announced the initiative, pointing to the (m) millions of people who will follow the Olympics in Athens this month as proof of the important role sports plays in today's world.

The Reverend Kevin Lixey, an American priest who's setting up the department, says the pope has always been interested in sports "as a means of evangelization and a great way to form youth."

Lixey adds that the initiative also is aimed at countering negative examples in sports -- to "let people know that there are sportsmen who are also virtuous.""

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of course...

the pope and various other supporters would see your olympic blog as heretical and suggest that you should be talking about the olympics in a more traditional way.

perhaps by chipping the results into stone tablets and having trained donkeys carry them across the nation with news results.

they'd excomunicate you for sure for bringing the old traditional way of olympic newsing into disrepute.

The Other Darren » 4 August, 2004 4:54 PM

For some reason this post gave me a mental image.

A nice one, mind you...

...Of the Pope carrying the olympic torch, for however long, even for a few steps. I think that would make for a very nice, very sweet image.

Underduck » 5 August, 2004 7:49 AM

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