CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 14 September 2019

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Olympic athletes reflect

LONDON (SE): Missy Franklin, who won her first gold medal at the London Olympic Games on July 30 in the 100-metre backstroke, told belief.net that although she was raised in an environment that was not particularly religious, she feels a profound sense of peace upon entering the halls of Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colorado, in her native United States of America (US).

“Every day over the last three years, my faith has grown. One of my favourite times is going to our beautiful school chapel and spending time with God. This year, I attended Kairos with my Regis Jesuit sisters and it changed my life forever. I now really work on keeping my faith strong,” she said.

Jordyn Wieber, the 17-year-old gymnast who led the US team to its first gold medal since 1996, told Faith Magazine, published by the diocese of Lansing, Michigan, “My parents have always made going to church as a family important. Sometimes we have to split up due to our schedules, but most of the time we are able to get to Mass together. It is a very special family time and it means a lot to me.”

Lopez Lomong told USA Today, “God blessed me and gave me a lot of strength to be faithful and more determined with my life to overcome obstacles.”

Lomong is a Sudanese-born member of the US Olympic track team. Abducted at the age of six while attending Mass in his native Kimotong, he was forced into a rebel camp.

After watching several of the other boys die in the prison camp, Lomong and some other prisoners escaped to a refugee camp in neighbouring Kenya.

He remained there for 10 years until Catholic Charities selected him to be one of the Lost Boys of Sudan who were relocated to the US after reading a highly moving essay that he had written.

“God had a vision for me. He knew I would come to America and have family,” Lomong said.

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