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Priests on the piste: skiing clergymen compete for the Pope John Paul II Cup

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Polish Catholic priests warm up on Feb. 12 ahead of the 14th Alpine Ski Championships for clergymen in Wisla, southern Poland.

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Priests limber up before taking to the slopes.

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A priest puts on his ski boots.

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Priests take to the slopes.

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A priest competes in the 14th Alpine Skiing Championships for clergymen.

I've hunted high and low for more information on this very special event, but all I can find is this tantalizing snippet from thenews.pl:

Skiers in clerical collars are out in force this weekend in the resort of Wisła in the Beskid Mountains for the national skiing championships for priests.

The leaders of the faith compete for the Pope John Paul II Cup in several Alpine disciplines, the main of which [sic] is the 800-metre-long giant slalom.

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