Church to get involved in training rural youth in sports
"This article appeared in Times of India 09/08/2011, Bangalore edition.
Church in search of sporting talent in villages
New Mission A Shot In The Arm For Rural Youth
Biju Babu Cyriac TNN
Bangalore: In what would be the first of its kind in the country, the Roman Catholic Church of Bangalore has embarked on a new journey to tap the sporting talent of village youth.
“I think the Navajyothi Youth Academy will be a first in the country where a diocese is getting involved in the launch of a sports academy. We have set up many educational institutions but this is the first time we are getting into an institution exclusively for sports as we would like to see more world-class stars emerge from our city,” Dr Bernard Moras, Archbishop of Bangalore told TOI.
“When I was told about this project, I liked the idea as it will also contribute in nation building. As we strive to channel the positive energy of the youth, the search of talent in sports and games is also the road of the church. A playground is the best place to provide the youngsters lessons in mutual respect and cooperation. It is also the place where you can inculcate team spirit. We have made a beginning and I hope it will become a big banyan tree in the field of sports,” Dr Moras said...."
"This article is 100% fact. I am an avid football fan and have the autographs of many of the names mentioned here. For many years, I was intrigued by the visits of Maradona (Argentina) and players from Brazil, of even FC Bayern, and most recently after WC as an MVP, Diego Forlan. If we think we've discovered enough of pervasive and perverted Christian conversion attempts from USA, there is now a massive frontal attack from South American countries coming through the pipeline of "football" (Soccer) and its powerful God equivalent stars and their phenomenal money. People like brazil's Kaka etc are already fanatic Christian Missionaries. Messi is uncomplicated and a wunderkind but a Christian die hard, too.
BUT HONESTLY, ENOUGH OF THESE INTELLECTUAL EXHIBITIONS OF JUST PASSING INFO TO EACH OTHER THROUGH EMAILS. WE ARE ALREADY DYING FROM INFORMATION OVERLOAD. THE CALL OF THE HOUR (as Mr. Rajiv Malhotra has echoed millions of times, here) IS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO UNITE AND DO SOMETHING. LEARN TO ASK FOR HELP FROM OTHERS AND FROM THE EXPERIENCED (AND IT WILL COME) BUT PLEASE GET INTO SOME ACTION MODE!..."
Ganesh follows up:
"KOLKATA: After their 1-0 win over Venezuela in a FIFA international friendly, Argentina paid homage to the Mother
House, the headquarters of the Mother Teresa founded Missionaries of Charity, though their star striker Lionel Messi gave it a miss due to security concerns.
Messi, who was nearly mobbed even by security forces during the presentation ceremony on Friday night trying to get a share of photos, remained at the team hotel.
The team members spent more than half an hour as they went to the Mother's tomb on the ground floor before heading to the chapel where the Mother used to attend prayers, sources at the Missionaries of Charity said.
Confirming that Messi did not come, the source said, "The main person (Messi) did not come. But they came in quietly, and visited the usual places. They left silently, paying homage to the Mother. They also visited Mother's room..."