The Vatican, Coaching & Sports Ministry


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Dr Santiago Perez de Camino, Director of the Vatican Office of Church and Sport, will be one of the keynote speakers at the SportsLeader Director of Sports Ministry Conference March 30 - April 1 at the Athenaeum of Ohio in Cincinnati.

His keynote will be at 7 PM on Wednesday March 30th and is free and open to the public.

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If we want to reach the overwhelming majority of our youth for Christ, we must integrate the faith into our sports programs more intentionally and more strategically.

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Dr Santiago Perez de Camino with Pope Francis.


Santiago Perez de Camino heads the “Church and Sport” Section at the Pontifical Council for the Laity since last April 2013. Santiago, born in Madrid has been responsible for the Visa Office at the General Secretariat of World Youth Day Madrid 2011. He has collaborated for 10 years in youth ministry in the diocese of Madrid, including training coaches and soccer players in schools and youth clubs.

The Church is committed to promoting the role of sport, both professional and amateur, recognizing in it a unique opportunity to strengthen the body and the spirit. The commitment and the goal of the "Church and Sport" section is to provide a reference point for ethics and christian values​​ in the world of sport, helping to educate and strengthen the lifestyles of sportmen and sportwomen faced with the challenges of consumerism and egoism.

with the US national team waterpolo

Dr Santiago Perez de Camino, center in suit, with the USA Men's Water Polo team during a visit to St Peter's Basilica in Rome.



To ensure that the concern of the Holy See is expressed in the arena of Sport, an important part of contemporary culture, the Holy Father Saint John Paul II instituted in 2004 the “Church and Sport” Section within the Pontifical Council for the Laity, with the following aims:

1) to be a point of reference in the Church for national and international sports organizations;

2) to sensitize the local churches to the importance of the pastoral ministry of sports environments, while encouraging cooperation between Catholic sports associations;

3) to foster a sports culture, as a means of bringing about the holistic growth of the person at the service of peace and brotherhood between peoples;

4) to promote the study of specific issues relating to sport, particularly from the ethical point of view;

5) to organize and support initiatives that encourage the Christian witness by sportsmen and sportswomen.