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Papal reflections on rugby's lessons for life

Catholic World News - November 22, 2013

Meeting on November 22 with the national rugby teams of Italy and Argentina, Pope Francis reflected on the importance of running toward a goal—in life as in sports.

The idea of running toward a goal, the Pope said, “makes us think about life, because all our lives lead towards a goal. This search is tiring, and requires commitment and struggle, but the important thing is not to run alone.”

The Pope said that he appreciates rugby because “it is a tough sport, with a lot of physical contact, but it is not violent.” He also said that the sport is “useful for tempering character and willpower.”

The Italian and Argentine rugby teams met with the Pontiff in advance of their contest in Rome.

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