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Pope Francis calls greetings to Argentine soccer players

Ardent soccer fan sends letter to favourite club

Pope Francis calls greetings to Argentine soccer players

Vatican City, April 10 - Pope Francis, who is not only a pontiff, but also a soccer fan, called out greetings in Spanish to members of his favourite club from Argentina in St. Peter's Square Wednesday. During his weekly public audience, Francis singled out the members of Club Atletico San Lorenzo de Almagro, the Buenos Aires soccer team the pope supports. He sent a special letter earlier to the club's president Matias Lammens, recalling how he had been an ardent fan since the club's "glorious campaign of '46," when Francis was only 10 and San Lorenzo won the Primera Division. That division ranks at the top of Argentina's soccer league system. "That goal by Pontoni," Francis wrote with enthusiasm, referring to a decisive score by Rene' Pontoni, one the players of the club's legendary Golden Trio. The pope, who was born in Buenos Aires, also urged team leaders to bring the same passion to their faith as they do to the game. "I ask that in addition to the passion for soccer, cultivate the friendship with Jesus, the true friend who will always be with you in happy times and even in those difficult times".

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