LONDON — Not so very long ago, there were few U.K. Catholic parishes that did not boast a soccer — football, as they call it — team of one age group or another.
Indeed, dig deep enough, and one would discover major soccer teams with their roots in parish life. Yet, at some point over the last 50 years, that tradition has been lost. All sorts of reasons have been proffered, but the fact remains: A once-thriving Catholic U.K. soccer tradition has declined.
This downward trend is something that the John Paul II Foundation for Sport is seeking to counter. First announced by Pope Benedict XVI during last year’s U.K. visit, the new charity was officially launched at Archbishop’s House in...READ MORE