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Did you know the World Cup was founded by a Catholic?


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Jules Rimet was born in 1873 in small town in eastern France. His father was a dealer in staple foodstuffs, and  Jules was eleven years old. He became a lawyer, and in 1897 he started a sports club called Red Star which, due to Rimet’s ideals, did not discriminate against its members on the basis of class. One of the sports played at the club was football, which was becoming popular. When he was 17, Pope Leo XIII released his encyclical on the dignity of work, Rerum novarum, which would have a profound effect on the young Catholic Rimet, and sparked his efforts to promote these views.

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