The event dedicated to “Sport and Church” was held in Rome: Vezzali, Malagò, Cozzoli, Pancalli and Abodi took stock of how to relaunch the movement, thanks also to schools and oratories
The leaders of Italian sport gathered this morning in the Jubilee Room of the Lumsa University of Rome to participate together with Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture which promoted the event, and Monsignor Melchor Sanchez at the meeting “Sport and the Church: let’s start again together “.
Vezzali and the alliance
A common restart, therefore, as Undersecretary for Sport Valentina Vezzali underlined: “Right now I like to think of the term alliance, which is fundamental to face any difficulty. Now we want to get back on our feet and go back to sports, and in this sense the government is must commit, not only with economic interventions, to make the sport restart, but also by turning attention to positive alliances. And the one with the Church is one of them. As a mother of two children I know how important it is for their education, school, sport and the church, three fundamental actors as an educational and value agency. And therefore the many projects that the Church and sport will put together can only be “blessed” in all senses “.
Ravasi and resilience
Cardinal Ravasi, as host, underlined the social importance of sport: “The game is part of the structure of existence, it is part of the definition of man. Art and sport are closely related. There are three words I want underline: the first is resilience, which comes from the Latin ‘resilire’, a verb meaningful both from a sporting and psychological point of view. Literally it means to bounce or take the blow to be able to jump forward. a little utopia, that is, a positive, future, better place. In this sense I believe that even in the world of sport this word can enter with new models and new styles “.
Cozzoli and teamwork
Also present was the president and CEO of Sport and Health Vito Cozzoli: “His Holiness has never failed to highlight his preference for team discipline. Sport is a genetic element of the person, and through him also of the community. it is based on school, family, training and above all team play. Starting with a school that is based on a solid and competent structure, and also becomes a base for parishes and oratories “.
Malagò and sport at school
And the number one of Coni Giovanni Malagò: “This is an important moment of confrontation, in which to underline how Coni starts from the base, from promotion, otherwise the highest competitive spirit would not exist. sports associations and that as Italians we failed to bring the sports system into schools. We did not deal with what not only did not work, but did not exist, and which does not yet exist. to put people in the conditions to play sports. This is true teamwork “.
Pancalli and understanding
Particularly felt the intervention of the president of the Paralympic Committee Luca Pancalli: “We are used to starting again, in the awareness that there is still much to do. This country is probably not yet aware that sport must occupy a fundamental place in politics, but at the same time also understand that there is a health and social system, a sports system, and active welfare in the middle. Continuing to do things together is fundamental in the awareness that sport is a game but it can also help many children to believe in themselves, to be resilient. And the world around them can transform compassion into understanding. ”
Abodi and concreteness
The last to speak was the president of the Istituto del Credito Sportivo Andrea Abodi: “I think it is important to clarify well what our commitment is, all together, strengthening it and assuming responsibility all together. I am pleased to announce our commitment. to ensure that the full depth of Laudato si ‘is applied starting from the 6,000 speakers present in the area, only in this way can we give substance to this collaboration and this meeting “.
July 8 – 4:56 pm
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