VATICAN INSIDER: A CONVERSATION ABOUT SPORTS AND THE VATICAN

VATICAN INSIDER: A CONVERSATION ABOUT SPORTS AND THE VATICAN

Just a quick announcement as I continue my visit to Turin and the celebrated Shroud of Turin. I return to Rome tomorrow afternoon but want to take this occasion to remind you to listen to “Vatican Insider” this weekend with my guests Ray McKenna, president of Catholic Athletes for Christ and Linda Del Rio, wife of NFL coach, Jack Del Rio (head coach of the Oakland Raiders). They attended and spoke at a recent international seminar in the Vatican organized by the Sports Desk of the council for the Laity on the theme, “Coaches: Educating People.”

In the fall of 2013, when she was in Rome for a sports conference, Linda gave Pope Francis a football (‘American football’, as they call it in Italy) that had been autographed by her husband and players of the Denver Broncos (Jack was then defensive coordinator). It is said that the Pope, a very big soccer fan (the real football according to the rest of the world) turned to an aide and asked, “how does one kick an oval ball?”

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As you know, in the United States, you can listen to Vatican Insider on a Catholic radio station near you (there is a list of U.S. stations at www.ewtn.com) or on Sirius-XM satellite radio. If you live outside the U.S., you can listen to EWTN radio on our website home page by clicking on the right side where you see “LISTEN TO EWTN.” Vatican Insider airs Saturday mornings at 9:30 am (Eastern time) and re-airs Sundays at 4:30 pm (ET). Check for your time zone. Past shows are found in Vatican Insider archives: http://www.ewtn.com/vondemand/audio/file_index.asp?SeriesId=7096&pgnu=

 

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