Vatican rates America's Cup chaplaincy a success
The Vatican delegation to the America's Cup yachting regatta has reported that its mission was worthwhile, according to a media release from the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People.
The Council says the visit to Auckland in January confirmed its resolve that the Apostleship of the Sea should extend its work to ministering to professional sailors taking part in such regattas and to people sailing on power yachts, for work or recreation.
It noted that more than 2500 people, including children, who were in Auckland for the first part of the cup races, lived there for 15 to 18 months.
The visit by the delegation "at first caused surprise to many" but after meetings with team members, including sailors, financial backers and engineers, and interviews and conversations with public servants and the media, "it proved that the Church's interest was welcomed by the sailors themselves and the delegation's approach was valuable".
The Council regretted that the network of the Apostleship of the Sea chaplaincies and Stella Maris centres was practically unknown to people in regattas or in yachting.
The Official Site of The America's Cup
Catholic Church in New Zealand
Vatican to provide chaplains for Yachties (25/11/02)
World of Yachting to Get Pastoral Care (Zenit)
Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People | XXI° World Congress of the Apostleship of the Sea | Final Document
Stella Maris Australia
21 Feb 2003