Sport: Mens Sana ...

"It refines the senses, gives us intellectual penetration and steels the will to endurance," observed His Holiness Pope Pius XII. To his audience of instructors from the U.S. Army Sports School in Rome, the Pope added: "Sport, rightly understood, is an occupation of the whole man and, while perfecting the body, it also makes the mind a more refined instrument for the search and communication of truth."

Having communicated this heady truth, which might never have occurred to the assembled musclemen, the Pope brought them back to earth with a further observation : "Your academic associations will put you on guard against...

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