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.…