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Arizona Diamondback Willie Bloomquist Grateful to God and St. Rita

Interview with Trent Beattie of the Denver Catholic Register: The 34-year-old Port Orchard, Wash., native says he’s not as talented as some other players who never made it to the majors. Why, then, is he there? In part because of the intercession of St. Rita of Cascia, he says. After hitting a low point in the minor leagues, he began to ask for her prayers, … More →

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Dutch World Cup Soccer Star Converts to Catholicism, Devoted to Rosary

I’ve been coming across a number of stories recently about pro soccer players who are devout Catholics. Here’s another: Wesley Sneijder, who just recently came into the Church and is very devoted to the Rosary, which he wears in public. The major influence in the athlete’s conversion was his Catholic bride-to-be, a Dutch actress, Yolanthe Cabau, who gave him the rosary he wears; but he … More →

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