Showing posts with label Footballers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Footballers. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Austrian Footballer Enters Russian Monastery

Sergej Mandreko, a footballer from Tajikistan, is incurably ill with ALS. The ex-kicker of the Viennese club Rapid Wien has now been residing for 2 months in a monastery and hopes for a miracle. Subsequently, he is undergoing a treatment

[] Sergej Mandreko, a soccer player from Tajikistan, played for the SK Rapid from 1992 to 1997. Mandeko was part of a legendary team of the Viennese club, which even stormed to the finals in the World's Cup. But now, Mandreko is suffering from the insidious disease ALS, which gradually leads to progressive paralysis. The 45-year-old now walks on unusual paths and hopes for heavenly assistance. According to media reports, two months ago, he went to a Russian monastery to be treated in a St. Petersburg special clinic. His former football club has not let him down in the process and collects donations to cope with the cost of expensive therapy.

Trans: Tancred

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

New Pope-Football Club Started in Argentina

The Pope's Team has begun with a small budget and big aspirations.  The association wants to particularly care for street children

Buenos Aires ( / CBA / pl) The "Sport Club Pope Francis," which was founded in honor of the head of the Argentine church football team, is in his first season. Having made its ascent to the finals, the "Pope's team" will play in the championship of the east Argentine city of Lujan  on 22 March in the Sixth Argentine League. The club, with a slim budget but high goals was founded in October last year. It bears the cross in iits coat of arms (photo). 

Club President Jorge Ramirez said, according to Argentine media reports, the occurrence and the goals of Francis had convinced him to name the club after the Pope and not, as initially planned after Real Madrid. Even the district of Lujan, in which the "Sports Club Pope Francis' is located, is called San Francisco.

 An essential task of the club is the social work, Ramirez said. The association wanted to particularly care for street children. Pope Francis probably will probably not be the last to appreciate the social work of the new football clubs. The Argentine Schoenstatt Father Federico Piedrabuena had described   his encounter with his former Archbishop Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio shortly before his departure for follow-prone Conclave 2013  for "We talked about football, because he [Bergoglio] is a big fan of San Lorenzo, as I am n a Racing Club," the Schoenstatt Father reportedly said. "I told him that I help Racing Solidario" [a large-scale social initiative of the Racing Club]. Bergoglio told him that this was "very important", "Look, it is not only necessary that we hope that people come to church in the parish." Likewise, it was necessary but, the future Pope said, "that we go beyond that we go to those places where people go. A football stadium, for example, is a place where many people go. We have to be present there." 

Pope Francis is known to be  a football fan since childhood and previously visited football games with his parents. As Archbishop of Buenos Aires, he was a registered member of the Argentine first division "San Lorenzo de Almagro", a club from his home district of Buenos Aires, which owes its origin to a Catholic priest. Fanziskus shows repeatedly informed of the latest sporting events. During his nearly one-year pontificate he has already welcomed many footballers, while he will also always happily receive the respective jerseys. 

Pope Francis is a long standing member of the soccer club San Lorenzo, here's a photo of his membership card.

 This jersey circulated after the election of Pope Francis: jersey of football club San Lorenzo with Pope names and halo

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Footballer Sets Himself on Papal Throne -- For Fun

(Vatican) On 14 August, Pope Francis, received the players of the Argentine national team. The footballer Pocho Lavezzi desired a very special souvenir photo. He sat down abruptly on the papal throne and was surrounded by his fellow players, take a photo. The casual player put one knee over the other and felt the midst of his "royal court" clearly happy in the Apostolic Palace. The photo of course he published immediately online. Argentina's press is boiling over with enthusiasm: "Papa Pocho??" asks the sports news paper "Olé" or "Lavezzi 'Steals' the Pope's Throne" subtitled "Ambito financiero".

The image is reminiscent of an American soldier at the end of the Second World War, after the discovery of the imperial regalia, he wore the imperial crown of the Holy Roman Empire of the German nation and posed for photos. The image made history, but was regarded as an expression of great disrespect by many Germans and not only because it was committed by a victor over the vanquished. Even today, many feel a heavenly ecstasies when a visitor slips into the treasury of the Vienna Hofburg through the show rooms where the regalia are exhibited.

The Catholic culture critic Francesco Colafemmina, compared the usurpation of the Pope's throne, the image of the empty throne in the Pope Paul VI Hall to when Pope Francis on the 22nd of June called off attending a classical concert on short notice, which was given in his honor.

I could have made hall my warehouse ...

by Francesco Colafemmina

With only the most possible respect for His Holiness, I still allow myself to point out that Pope Francis, who stayed away from an occasion organized a concert in the Aula Nervi for the Year of Faith in his honor two months ago, but can't stay away from football players of all types. Of those with players from Inter Milan or Juventus, Lazio Roma and AS Roma, etc., etc.

I can not understand why a concert of classical music should be a "glamorous" event, when in contrast an encounter with footballers who are multimillionaires is an urgent pastoral responsibility with the best of intentions. Some will recall that in connection with the classical concert cancelled by the Pope, there were circulating rumors that he had said: "I'm not a Renaissance prince. I won't go to the concert."

But that's not all: This time the footballer has struck a chord. He sat on the "throne" of Pope Francis, had himself photographed and put the photo on the internet.

The spontaneous question intrudes - it is premised that I am neither a prude nor a bigot: How long can the Church still bear to sink into the abyss of ridicule, in a dimension of a dubious caricatural pastiche? According to the bishops in the "Gnam Gnam style", as Blondet passingly defined it, we are experiencing now, that even the Apostolic Palace and even the signs and symbols of papal authority become the objects of boasting and ridicule by four footballers.

The Church's Dignitas seems to be a concept significantly degraded recently. Just as the love of art and culture, which is instead replaced by the sports and subculture of pubescent performances.

I understand well that Beethoven will not draw the same "mass" of people as the football, but then one should openly admit that the Church in search of a "consensus of the masses" really is and therefore seeks "worldliness". Too bad that the "worldliness" often consists of silliness and vanity, love of money and exhibitionism.

Would it therefore not be ultimately preferable to participate in the more sober "worldliness" of a Beethoven concerto, rather than allowing the irreverent fun young retarded football player hospitality?

On the other hand, it is Beethoven himself, who, well interpreted the character of this with the following Sonata, which he Church has been made of by this event, simply "Pathetique"!

Text: Fides et Forma Einleitung/Übersetzung: Giuseppe Nardi Bild: Fides et Forma Translation: Tancred AMGD