The Vatican has invited Jeremy Lin ’10 to join a holy tag-team to take down Lance Armstrong.
The Catholic News Service (CNS) reported Wednesday that the Pontifical Council of Culture hopes to host an international conference with prominent Christian athletic leaders to promote sporting values. Lin and NFL quarterback Tim Tebow are among the Vatican's invitees.
The announcement came a day before seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong's cheating admissions aired on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Monsignor Melchor Sanchez de Toca Alameda, head of the Council's "Culture and Sport" section, described Armstrong's confession as "just the tip of the iceberg" to the CNS. Monsignor Sanchez de Toca said that the council plans to address the pressures of doping and commoditization within professional athletics.
According to the CNS, the Vatican City conference would take place sometime this spring. While Tebow would likely have few football-based commitments during that time frame, Lin could be in the middle of a playoff push.
But if the Houston Rockets, who currently sit eighth in the Western Conference, continue to have trouble collecting wins, Lin should have some free time on his hands come post-season. If Lin does attend the ecumenical conference, he would be expected "to give witness to how the worlds of faith and sports can easily come together," according to the CNS.
After a month on Twitter, His Holiness may have learned one thing: a little bit of Linsanity and Tebowmania can go a long way.