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Ski World Championship: Bishops Call for More Humility and Fair Play in Competitive Sports

Februaray 07, 2011

Garmisch-Partenkirchen (epd). The Lutheran bishop Johannes Friedrich and the Catholic auxiliary bishop Wolfgang Bishop have called for more humility in competitive sports. It is a sign of fair play "to accept one's own success and failure in a sports-like manner" and to reflect on the fact that "people are always more than the sum total of their performance," said the auxiliary bishop at the opening of the World Ski Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen on Sunday.

Bishop Friedrich underscored the role of sports people as models. Their motivation and commitment bring to mind the words of the apostle Paul:  "Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on towards the goal for the prize." [Phil 3:13-14]

The churches are accompanying the Alpine ski championships with numerous organized events. The first week, clergy hosted an 8 am morning prayer and, at 1:30 pm, a "mid-day music hour" at the Protestant Christuskirche in Garmisch. The second week, the gatherings were held in the Old Catholic church of St. Martin in Garmisch. The church tent in the World Championship grounds in Garmisch's spa gardens is open daily following the competitions from 3 pm to 11 pm. A Catholic or a Protestant spiritual counselor is available at the competition site for dialogue.

7 February 2011



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