Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Soccer: Pope receives Italy, Argentina on eve of friendly

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Vatican City, August 13 - Soccer-loving Pope
Francis confessed Tuesday he is torn as to whom to root for in
the upcoming friendly between Italy and Argentina, his home
team.
"It will be a bit difficult for me when it comes to
cheering, but fortunately this is a friendly - and I strongly
advise that it truly remains as such," said Francis in an
audience at the Vatican with the two national teams.
They are playing in his honor at Rome's Stadio Olimpico on
Wednesday, something the Vatican says will help launch an
international schools network based on the pope's work as an
archbishop in Buenos Aires.
"Before you are champions, your are men first of all, human
beings, with your gifts and flaws, with your hearts and ideas,
aspirations and problems," the pope told the players.
"So even if you're famous figures, always be men, in sport
and in life. Men who display humanity.
"Please, I ask that you pray for me, so that even I, on the
field where God has placed me, can play the honest and
courageous match for the good of all of us".

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