How St. John Paul II became known as “Lolek the Goalie”

How St. John Paul II became known as “Lolek the Goalie”

Growing up in Poland, John Paul II enjoyed playing sports, especially soccer and hockey.

Known as the “skiing pope,” John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla) was more well-known in his childhood days as a soccer player. He even earned the nickname of “Lolek the Goalie” for his preferred role on the team.

According to Soccer America, “Wojtyla played in pickup soccer games that pitted Jewish boys against Catholic boys, and Wojtyla would volunteer to play with the Jewish boys to create even numbers.”

A friend of the pope related, “There usually were not enough Jews, so somebody had to play on the Jewish team and he was always sort of ready, you know.”

Biographer George Weigel confirms that soccer was a favorite sport of the young Karol Wojtyla and his friends in his book Witness to Hope. “Soccer was their favorite team sport. Pilgrims to Wadowice today can see the field on which ‘Lolek the Goalie’ honed his skills, often playing with a team primarily made up of the town’s Jewish boys.”

ALSE SEE:  For something a little different this Lent, here are 5 recommendations

Wojtyla and his friends would also play a game of ice hockey when the Skawa river would freeze over during the winter.

Besides playing with his friends, Wojtyla also enjoyed hitting the ball around with his father. As CNN explains, “But the father didn’t forget about play. A friend remembers entering the Wojtylas’ apartment and finding father and son playing soccer with a ball made of rags.”

In 1979 Pope John Paul II addressed the Milan soccer team after they won the Italian Championship. He encouraged them to set a good example both on the field and off, saying, “In a world in which we sometimes behold the painful presence of young people who are weary, marked by sadness and negative experiences, be for them wise friends, expert guides and trainers not only on sports fields but also on the ways that lead to the goals of the true values of life. In this way to the satisfactions of competitive sport you will add merits of a spiritual nature, offering society a valuable contribution of moral health.”

ALSE SEE:  This Prayer Saver Her Life - St. Thérèse of Lisieux; It Can save yours too

He then concluded his talk by saying, “May the Lord Jesus grant you that ‘goal,’ that is, that final target, which is the true and ultimate destiny of life.” With these words, the Polish goalie points a group of Italian soccer players to the ultimate “goal” of heaven.

Source: aleteia.org

Leave a Reply

Porno Gratuit Porno Français Adulte XXX Brazzers Porn College Girls Film érotique Hard Porn Inceste Famille Porno Japonais Asiatique Jeunes Filles Porno Latin Brown Femmes Porn Mobile Porn Russe Porn Stars Porno Arabe Turc Porno caché Porno de qualité HD Porno Gratuit Porno Mature de Milf Porno Noir Regarder Porn Relations Lesbiennes Secrétaire de Bureau Porn Sexe en Groupe Sexe Gay Sexe Oral Vidéo Amateur Vidéo Anal

windows 10 pro office 2019 pro office 365 pro windows 10 home windows 10 enterprise office 2019 home and business office 2016 pro windows 10 education visio 2019 microsoft project 2019 microsoft project 2016 visio professional 2016 windows server 2012 windows server 2016 windows server 2019 Betriebssysteme office software windows server https://softhier.com/ instagram takipçi instagram beğeni instagram görüntüleme instagram otomatik beğeni facebook beğeni facebook sayfa beğenisi facebook takipçi twitter takipçi twitter beğeni twitter retweet youtube izlenme youtube abone instagram