Ferrari drivers received by John Paul II

Source: FSSPX News


A scale model of the racing Ferrari, the Monoplace F 2004, in which Michael Schumacher won his 7th World Championship title in 2004, was presented to John Paul II on January 7. On the occasion, the Holy Father was greeted by Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, the president of the racing stable, who said that the pope was “in pole position on the road of humanity, showing the way to the finishing line, and inspiring as no-one else can.”

 In reply, John Paul II invited the sportsmen to continue to “cultivate their way of working” and to make the “continuous growth in solidarity” one of their “main objectives”. “In this way you will promote the values of sport, and at the same time contribute to the building of a fairer and more interdependent society.” Complimenting them on their “victory in the recent World Championship”, the pope stressed “how important sport is in today’s society.” “The Church considers sporting activity, practiced with total respect for the rules, as a valuable educational instrument, especially for the younger generation,” he added.

 John Paul II had already met the Ferrari men, on June 4, 1988, at Marandello (Modena), where he went for a drive round the racetrack in one of the racing cars driven by Piero Ferrari, the son of the founder of the famous automobile firm.