THIS STORY HAS BEEN FORMATTED FOR EASY PRINTING

Pope to athletes: Respect your bodies

Pope Benedict XVI delivers his message during his Angelus prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010. Pope Benedict XVI delivers his message during his Angelus prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
November 15, 2010

E-mail this article

Invalid E-mail address
Invalid E-mail address

Sending your article

Your article has been sent.

Text size +

VATICAN CITY—Pope Benedict XVI has warned athletes not to strengthen their bodies "at all costs" or through illegal substances.

Benedict said Monday that sports, when done with passion, can help develop ethics and a taste for "healthy competitiveness."

But he said during an audience at the Vatican with a group of ski instructors that an athlete's body "cannot be considered an object" or be "worshipped."

Instead, it should be respected and not treated like a "tool to be strengthened at all costs, maybe even using unlawful means."

Boston.com top stories on Twitter

    waiting for twitterWaiting for Twitter to feed in the latest...