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John Paul II Was Right: Catholic Athletes Must Be Champions of Virtue

PoolUnidentified players from the Polish national soccer team give Pope John Paul II a team shirt inscribed with his name at the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican, Nov. 11, 2003.

If athletic competition builds virtue and is not just “an end in itself,” said Pope St. John Paul II, it can be “a means to total and harmonious physical, moral and social development.”