Saturday, June 16, 2018

The World Cup has a Catholic Founder Jules Rimet "...who believed that sport could unite the world." for Peace

Jules Rimet believed football had the ability to unite nations. His grandson, Yves Rimet, 74,  describes him as a "humanist and idealist, who believed that sport could unite the world." M. Rimet said. "my grandfather would have been disappointed with the money-dominated business that football has become. That was not his vision." To the end of his life in 1956, Jules Rimet predicted that international football would re-create the spirit of medieval "chivalry". Sport - and above all football - would be the means to teach the world's masses to appreciate the Christian virtues of hard work, honesty, obedience to rules, comradeship and fair play.
 M. Rimet was born in Haute-Saone in eastern France in 1876. He was the son of a poor grocer, who migrated to Paris when Jules was 11 years old.  Young Jules studied hard and became a succesful lawyer in Paris. Rimet, thought football (soccer) could “propagate understanding and reconciliation between the races of the world”, The first World Cup was in Uruguay in 1930, and the trophy for the World Cup was later was named in honour of Rimet. He served as Fifa president for 33 years. In 1956, the year he died, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
 M. Rimet fought as an officer throughout the war, winning the Croix de Guerre.  British and German soldiers played football in No Man's Land at Christmas in 1914. After the war, in 1919, M. Rimet became the head of the revived world body, Fifa. He remained president for 33 years, until 1954, taking the number of member countries from a dozen to 85. He was a devout Catholic and a Christian He once predicted that, through football, the human race would one day achieve a state of humanist grace in which "men will be able to meet in confidence without hatred in their hearts and without an insult on their lips." Edited from the Independant

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