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Pope Francis meets with members of the Italian Basketball Federation at the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, May 31, 2021./ Vatican Media.

Pope Francis: Basketball is a Sport that ‘lifts you up to the heavens’

Pope Francis described basketball on Monday as “a sport that lifts you up to the heavens.”  

Pope Francis meets a delegation from the Italian soccer club Sampdoria Feb. 19, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media.

"The most beautiful victories are those you win as a team": Pope Francis to Soccer Players

Pope Francis said on Friday that participation in sports can help people to grow in holiness, stressing the importance of teamwork.

Pope Francis meets a delegation from the National Basketball Players Association at the Vatican Nov. 23, 2020. Photo credits: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis and NBA Players Discuss Social Justice in Vatican Meeting

Pope Francis met with five NBA players at the Vatican Monday to discuss their efforts to combat social and economic injustice in the United States.

Pope Francis holds a soccer ball in St. Peter's Square in 2015. Credit: Vatican Media.

A New Book to Feature Pope Francis’ “most significant speeches to athletes”

The Vatican is publishing a new book collecting Pope Francis’ notable speeches to athletes of all kinds, and which includes the testimonies of three professional athletes.