World Cup trophy dedicated to St. James

I personally thought Iniesta won Spain the World Cup.  But apparently, it wasn’t him, nor Torres, nor any of the other superstars that play for the Spanish national team.  According to the President of Spanish football, the party responsible is in fact–St. James the Apostle.

Spain dedicated the 2010 World Cup trophy to St. James in a ceremony held at St. James Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela on December 27th.  Officiating the dedication was President of Spanish Football Angel Maria Villar, and the couch of the national team, Vicente del Bosque.

According to Catholic News Agency:

[Villar] recalled that during his last visit to the cathedral in April 2010 he prayed for the success of the team at the World Cup.

“We asked a lot from you, but we trusted that you would hear our prayers. And you did.  We are here today with the World Cup in our hands to dedicate it to you, St. James, because you helped us to become world champions,” Villar said.

“We have come here as victors of the World Cup, traveling down different roads from the ones you crossed on your way to Galicia … Our paths have been different and we have traveled them in faraway lands, 12 hours and thousands of miles away by plane, in South Africa, a land our soccer team barely knew, and yet a land in which our soccer team experienced its greatest glory […] “We won it by following the paths you showed us 2,000 years ago.  These paths are none other than those of humility, kindness, generosity, solidarity, patience, temperance, faith and hope in what we are doing.  Thus we traveled to South Africa and thus we return home to you, in Santiago de Compostela.”

St. Josemaría Escrivá and “There Be Dragons”

A while back mycatholicblog wrote about the new movie starring Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen based on the life of St. James.  Well, it looks like we have a new film to look forward to!

According to an article found here from Catholic News Agency, director Roland Joffé is currently filming a new movie about St. Josemaría Escrivá, founder of the Catholic organization Opus Dei (Latin for “Work of God”).

Though Joffé is a self-described “wobbly atheist,” he became incredibly inspired by St. Josemaría’s “heroic Christian faith and holiness.”

And despite his agnostic background, Joffe already has quite the reputation for religious films.  His previous work “The Mission” (starring Robert DeNiro and Jeremy Irons), has been named by the Vatican as one of the 45 “great films” about religion.

Best of all, to preserve the Catholic perspective of St. Josemaría’s story, Joffé has enlisted the help of producer Ignacio Gómez-Sancha, a devout Catholic who “fell in love with the project and with [Joffé’s] idea of Josemaria.”

The movie is currently being filmed under the working title of “There Be Dragons” in Argentina, with an international release set for Spring 2011.