Members of the Pontifical North American College soccer team (in blue) play the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in 2007, with St. Peter's Basilica in the background. The teams
are participants in the Clericus Cup, which lost its Vatican-sponsorship.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) "The church has always defended sport because its values are not only Christian but universal," said Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins. "It teaches you how to put human values such as compromise and collaboration in practice overcoming division."