Vatican to hold international seminar on sport
The first international seminar on sport organised by the Pontifical Council for the Laity begins today in Rome.
The theme of the event is "The World of Sports Today, Field of Christian Commitment". It will gather some 50 people from 18 countries, including sportsmen and experts in disciplines related to the sports world.
Shortly before the Athens Olympics in 2004, Pope John Paul II established the Pontifical Council's "Church and Sport" section.
The organisers explained in a communiqué that the initiative hopes to make "a diagnosis" of the situation of the sports world, in order to identify the priorities the new section will have to address.
Archbishop Stanislaw Rylko, president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, will open the meeting.
Among the speakers are Clark Power, of the University of Notre Dame, in Indiana; Elaine Raakman, of Just Play Sport Services, Canada; and Fabrizio Maffei, director of the Italian television channel RAI Sport.
Vatican to Hold International Seminar on Sports (Zenit 9/11/05)
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11 Nov 2005