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Faith and Soccer

Each year Rome plays host to the Catholic equivalent of the World Cup, the Clericus Cup. Sixteen five-a-side teams made up of seminarians and priests vie for the title. The Vatican, once a supporter of the event, has officially backed off, criticizing it for “moving away from its goal of educating young people about fair play and sportsmanship.” The young seminarian in the video tells it best, especially when he reveals that he takes inspirational verses from St. Paul and puts them into his shin pad, and admitting that winning is the ultimate goal. Naturally . . .



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