Good Sports
My Pope Philippines|September 2019
Good Sports
These Saints And Popes Were Champions Of All-Around Fitness!
Stephanie Jesena-Novero

As someone who sticks to a healthy diet of fruits, salads, and skinless chicken, and who enjoyed youthful years of dancing the tango, the Santo Papa is great at keeping fit. But he’s not alone in this endeavor—these saints and popes were also champions of fitness!


Who would have thought that the founder of the Knights of Columbus, Venerable Michael McGivney, was a superb baseball player? While he was a seminarian, he and his peers formed a baseball league called Charter Oaks. Everyone was amazed at his flair for baseball, especially when he scored three times in one game. But his drive for a healthy body and sound mind did not end there—he also founded St. Joseph’s Total Abstinence and Literary Society, an organization that put together sports and theater productions, and most importantly, helped young men turn away from alcohol abuse and go back to the faith.


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September 2019