MAY 11 2012 21:48h
The pilgrimage was organized by the Diocese Office for pastoral care of sportsmen. The greatest number of pilgrims came from GNK Dinamo. There were 200 of them. Together with them, there were sportspeople from other clubs from Zagreb and nearby area, like for example NK Inter Zapresic, NK Lokomotiva, NK Zagreb and Volleyball Club Mladost. The majority of pilgrims were young sportsmen. The procession made its way on Bistrica Kalvarija and after that the church service was held in basilica. It was led by bishop from Zagreb Mgr. Mijo Gorski. The players of Dinamo were accompanied by their coach Ante Cacic, sports manager Zoran Mamic and executive president Zdravko Mamic.
- I am happy that NK Dinamo comes here in greatest number and bringing all the generations of players. We come here to get spiritual support and to remind ourselves that there are also some other things in life that are important. This means a lot for me personally. The Kalvarija procession is something that touches the spirit of every person and everyone can get something positive out of this experience. There are many pilgrims, but there could be even more – Mamic said.
Dinamo’s captain Milan Badelj has been a part of this pilgrimage for several years.
- It’s always pleasant and nice, especially when you see so many sportspeople at one place. There should be more such occasions and maybe this fact that there are only a few makes it so special – Badelj made a comment. He also added that he always prayed for health.
- Health is the main starting point for every good result and all other things. It should have a priority.
Among the pilgrims there was also the famous player of Vatreni team, Dario Simic. Today he is the head of the Footballers’ Union. This is his first pilgrimage of sportspeople. He supports the idea:
- Sport and religion are connected. There are many sportsmen who get help from their faith in God. This is the way to thank for success and health. My faith helped me a lot in my sports career. Today I will pray for better situation in our sport – Simic said.
One of the regular pilgrims to Bistrica is Dubravko Simenc who brought the young players of Mladost.
- Today children don’t have enough time for such activities. So it is a duty of a coach to bring them here. It is nice to gather in such a way. These are difficult times not only in economic sense but also in the field of ethics and bringing up young generations. I am always happy to be able to come here because faith is very important. We are surrounded by positive thoughts here so it is also a kind of victory for us – Dubravko Simenc pointed out.