November 15, 2010.
The Pope was visited by a group of Italian ski instructors who
arrived at the Vatican in full snow gear.
Pope Benedict told the skiers that sport is a way to “develop
healthy competition as well as human and Christian values.”
John Paul II realized this same sentiment as a young man who was
an avid skier and sportsman. He would spend hours climbing up a
mountain to ski down again in a matter of minutes.
Pope Benedict XVI noted that while skiing one truly appreciates
God's creation of mountains and allows time to reflect on his
He also expressed the important role that ski instructors play in
terms of educating today's youth. Along with teaching a sport,
they also are at the forefront of teaching environmental issues
associated with the mountains and nature.