Catholic football coach fired for refusing COVID-19 vaccine, lawyer alleges anti-religious animus

Catholic football coach fired for refusing COVID-19 vaccine, lawyer alleges anti-religious animus

CNA—The former Washington State University football coach, a Catholic, intends to sue the school after he was refused a religious exemption to the state’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate and was subsequently fired for not getting vaccinated. Nick Rolovich, a Catholic, had previously announced in July that he would not be receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, but would…

THIS is What Olympic Winning Looks Like – Interior and Exterior!

THIS is What Olympic Winning Looks Like – Interior and Exterior!

Lifesite—After Helping Athletes Choose Life, Allyson Felix Wins More Olympic Medals Than Any Woman in Track History Allyson Felix, a U.S. athlete dedicated to supporting mothers and children, just set an Olympic record as the most decorated female track athlete in history. The AP reports Felix won her 10th Olympic medal on Friday – a bronze –…

Catholic Faith Important to US Olympic medalist Katie Ledecky and teammate Phoebe Bacon

Catholic Faith Important to US Olympic medalist Katie Ledecky and teammate Phoebe Bacon

CNA—American Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky will be leaving Tokyo with four medals, making her the most decorated female swimmer of all time – and her Catholic alma maters are proud. In the Olympic games in Tokyo, Ledecky, 24, won the gold medal in the first-ever women’s 1,500-meter freestyle, as well as in the 800 free.…

Catholic gymnast Simone Biles makes triumphant return to Olympics

Catholic gymnast Simone Biles makes triumphant return to Olympics

CNA—Although the Tokyo Olympics did not go as planned for Simone Biles, the Catholic 24-year-old gymnast made a triumphant return to competition on Tuesday and will leave Japan with two medals. Biles had been favored to win as many as five gold medals in Tokyo, but withdrew from four events after revealing that she was…

SAINTS AT WORK:  Argentine parish where Eucharistic miracles occurred receives relic of Bl Carlo Acutis

SAINTS AT WORK: Argentine parish where Eucharistic miracles occurred receives relic of Bl Carlo Acutis

CNA—On the 29th anniversary of the first Eucharistic miracle that took place in the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires’ Santa María parish, the community received a first class relic of Blessed Carlo Acutis. Three Eucharistic miracles have taken place in this parish, in May 1992, July 1994, and August 1996. The history and investigation of these…

108 Leaders and Luminaries Sign Open Letter to the U.S. Olympics Committee: Stop the ‘Genocide Games’ in Beijing

108 Leaders and Luminaries Sign Open Letter to the U.S. Olympics Committee: Stop the ‘Genocide Games’ in Beijing

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers (WRWF) and the Committee on the Present Danger: China, (CPDC) have released an open letter urging the United States Olympics Committee to move the 2022 Winter Olympics out of China. Failing that, the signatories declared that they would mobilize with others to boycott what amounts to “Genocide Games.” Reggie Littlejohn commented, “It has been officially…

OBIT: Tommy Lasorda – You may not be “Dodger Blue” but ya gotta love Tommy, Baseball, and Tommy’s Catholic Faith

OBIT: Tommy Lasorda – You may not be “Dodger Blue” but ya gotta love Tommy, Baseball, and Tommy’s Catholic Faith

Dodger Blue lost a legend this month, its famed manager Tommy Lasorda died on January 8, 2021.  Having recently been released from a two-month hospital stay, Lasorda suffered a sudden cardiopulmonary arrest at home. He was 93. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Jo, their daughter and granddaughter. He was preceded in…

Tommy Lasorda Quotes

Tommy Lasorda Quotes

“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.” – Tommy Lasorda   “There are three kinds of people in this world: people who make it happen, people who watch what happens, and people who wonder what happened.” – Tommy Lasorda   “Listen, if you start worrying about the people in…

NFL legend Joe Montana thwarts kidnapping of grandchild

NFL legend Joe Montana thwarts kidnapping of grandchild

Hall of Fame NFL quarterback Joe Montana reportedly stopped an intruder from kidnapping one of his grandchildren yesterday, Saturday, September 26.   The nine-month old grandson was endangered when snatched up by a 39-year-old woman who broke into the home where Joe and his wife, Jennifer, were staying , having gained access through an unlocked…

Fascinating Book Review: The History of the Negro Leagues, Major League Baseball, Chicago and Ernie Banks

Fascinating Book Review: The History of the Negro Leagues, Major League Baseball, Chicago and Ernie Banks

— a review of Ron Rapoport’s “Let’s Play Two: The Legend of Mr. Cub, the Life of Ernie Banks” — I grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago, so I carried the tag “North Sider” when it came to baseball. And this meant being a Cubs fan in a city divided by the Cubs…

USA Today article expands: Kobe Bryant, ‘man of faith,’ attended Mass with his family morning of helicopter crash

USA Today article expands: Kobe Bryant, ‘man of faith,’ attended Mass with his family morning of helicopter crash

USATODAY—Kobe Bryant was known for his Mamba Mentality as a decorated NBA player and devoted family man.  What Bryant wasn’t known for — at least on the surface — was his Catholic faith. Bryant and his family attended a 7 a.m. Sunday Mass at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Newport Beach, California,…

Vanessa Bryant breaks her sad silence with gratitude and graciousness

Vanessa Bryant breaks her sad silence with gratitude and graciousness

Kobe Bryant’s widow, Vanessa, today posted a lengthy Instagram (vanessabryant) note that speaks volumes beyond her words. Faith in grief.  Our prayers go out to all those who died in the horrific crash and their families. Vanessa’s post: My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during…

Tragedy Hits Hard, Faith Endures: Basketball Legend Kobe Bryant, practicing Catholic, dead at 41

Tragedy Hits Hard, Faith Endures: Basketball Legend Kobe Bryant, practicing Catholic, dead at 41

CNA, CBJ—Basketball superstar Kobe Bryant died Sunday in a helicopter crash in the mountains of Calabasas in Southern California.  He was flying from Orange County, California, where Bryant lives with his family. It crashed in foggy conditions, about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, en route to Bryant’s youth basketball academy, near Calabasas, California,…

Pascal Siakam: Catholic Toronto Raptors star and his unconventional path from Cameroon to NBA

Pascal Siakam: Catholic Toronto Raptors star and his unconventional path from Cameroon to NBA

BBC—For the first 17 years of his life, Pascal Siakam didn’t pick up a basketball much. It was just a game his older brothers played. Even though his father dreamed about one of his children growing up to play in the NBA, Siakam, the youngest of six siblings, was always more interested in other sports.…

Dealing with Career Pressure: Meet the Catholic Chaplain to the Washington Nationals

Dealing with Career Pressure: Meet the Catholic Chaplain to the Washington Nationals

A professional baseball clubhouse might not be considered a particularly religious place today, but one chaplain says the Catholic priesthood is needed—and desired—as much as ever there. “When I walk in the [clubhouse], they kind of light up a little bit,” Monsignor Stephen Rossetti, a chaplain to the Washington Nationals professional baseball team, told CNA.…

Pascal Siakam: Toronto Raptors star got his start in seminary

Pascal Siakam: Toronto Raptors star got his start in seminary

CNA—When Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam entered Game 3 of the NBA Finals Wednesday night, he crossed himself and then pointed upward to the sky. The cross helps him remember to give glory to God. The finger point is for his dad. Siakam is not like most NBA players. He’s played basketball for only nine…

Early in the season, A Tribute to Catholic baseball sportscaster Vin Scully

Early in the season, A Tribute to Catholic baseball sportscaster Vin Scully

Renown Catholic baseball announcer Vin Scully is known as much for his faith and common sense approach to life as for his unique and passionate sports announcing. Now retired and age 91, Scully is best known for his 67 seasons calling games for Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers, beginning in 1950 (when the franchise…

Baseball, Bishops and Catholic Night at the Ballpark

Baseball, Bishops and Catholic Night at the Ballpark

Catholic Business Journal brings you a moment from the past that is perhaps worth repeating elsewhere in the country, you be the judge—On Sept. 2, 2016, Dodger Stadium served as the center of a massive Venn diagram of local Catholics and lifelong fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers, as the ballpark hosted its first-ever “Catholic…

Los Angeles Rams’ Kicker on the Sole Goal of a Christian

Los Angeles Rams’ Kicker on the Sole Goal of a Christian

Record-setting Greg Zuerlein places heaven above the Super Bowl.  Last year in the playoffs, placekicker Greg Zuerlein was unable to help the Los Angeles Rams advance out of their wild card game due to injury. This year he has helped his team mightily, making three field goals against the Dallas Cowboys in the divisional round…