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Church sets pace with innovative sport and faith conference
 
Pope Francis has sent his good wishes and prayers to athletes and theologians gathering at a conference in Glasgow on the eve of the Commonwealth Games. The "Celebrating the Gift in Sport" conference takes place on Thursday 17 July at Blessed John Duns Scotus church hall in the Gorbals, Glasgow.
 
Hosted by the Archdiocese of Glasgow, Celebrating the Gift in Sport will explore how sport and faith can combine to champion the gifts of each person “ especially people with disabilities “ while promoting values of solidarity and respect.  
 
It will be opened by the Archbishop of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia, who said: With his message for our Conference, Pope Francis has shown himself close to all athletes and to everyone who enjoys sport as a means of celebrating the sheer joy of the gift of life and of promoting the dignity and potential of the human person.
 
The Archbishop added: The Glasgow Commonwealth Games is an ideal opportunity for us to celebrate that gift and proclaim the dignity, respect and purpose that God bestows on all people, no matter their ability or nationality.

Speakers at the conference include 2004 Olympic sprint relay champion Jason Gardener, Special Olympian Leanne Peter, paralympian Frank McGuire, former British Taekwondo champion-turned broadcaster John Cullen, Gordon McCormack chair of Scottish Disability Sport, and Professor John Swinton and Christina Gangemi of the Kairos Forum at the University of Aberdeen.
 
Members of the Cornerstone Community will tell how sport has changed their life, building up their confidence and providing opportunities to influence wider society.

ENDS

Peter Kearney
Director
Catholic Media Office
5 St. Vincent Place
Glasgow
G1 2DH
0141 221 1168(T)
0141 204 2458(F)
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Notes to Editors:

1. You are invited to send a reporter/photographer/camera crew. Participating speakers will be available for interview on the day “ contact Cristina Gangemi   07958 955804

2. Celebrating the Gift in Sport takes place on Thursday 17 July from 9.30am to 5.00pm at Blessed John Duns Scotus church hall, 270 Ballater Street, Gorbals G5 0YT.
 
3. For further information contact: Mgr Paul Conroy, Chairman of Catholic 2014: Service Through Sport, coordinating the Catholic Church s participation in the Commonwealth Games and its legacy “ email: vicar-general@rcag.org.uk or 0141 226 5898

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