The World Cup’s Croatian Team Loves the Catholic Faith & Is Not Afraid to Show It

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The Croatian team at the 2022 World Cup is a beautiful example to the world!

The Croatian team at this year’s World Cup in Qatar made headlines for their outspoken, visual example of their passion for the Catholic faith.

Many photos surfaced on social media showing the coach, players, and even a Croatian parliament member exemplifying  zeal for the faith.

Below are several viral posts of Croatian team members showing their love for the saints, the rosary, and their Catholic faith.

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One quote from the post above reads, “In [this] video, [team captain Luka Modríc] is seen giving little kisses to a photo of his family, with an image of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary on his shin guards before a soccer match.”

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In an Oct. 4 post, Croatian team coach Zlatko Dalic published an image venerating the Blessed Virgin Mary.

His translated post reads, “Three days – 120 km. Thank you, [Mama] for all the [blessings]! I trust in you Lord! 🙏🇭🇷”

Sports fans also spotted the coach praying the rosary before games.

@goldenlavender5, Twitter

The post above reads, “Zlatko Dalic, the Croatian football head coach, a devout Catholic, said that he prays the Rosary before every game. / ‘The Rosary is always with me, and when I feel a little rough, I put my hand in my pocket, clasp the rosary, and everything becomes simpler’.”

Croatian parliament member Stephen Nikola Bartulica was also spotted praying the rosary during a World Cup game. EWTN News reporter Mark Irons published photos on Twitter.

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The tweet reads, “Croatian parliament member, Catholic [Stephen Nikola Bartulica] prayed with rosary [while] watching #CroatiaVsBrazil penalty shootout yesterday at a [D.C.] watch party. #Croatia advances to #WorldCup semifinals.”

Here’s some more posts of the Croatian World Cup players putting the faith on display:

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What a beautiful witness! 

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[See also: LOL! Newspaper Says French Players “Celibate” Upon Winning World Cup in Hilarious Typo]

[See also: When the Rosary Saved Christendom: The Extraordinary Miracle of Lepanto]

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Jacqueline Burkepile is the editor for the English edition of ChurchPOP. She is a journalist, former university campus minister, and a wife and mother. You can follow her posts on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and Twitter.

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