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Pope Francis gets Messi shirt

Soccer-loving pontiff thrilled by countryman's replica jersey

Pope Francis gets Messi shirt

Vatican City, April 17 - Pope Francis got a shirt with countryman and soccer superstar Lionel Messi's name on it from well-wishers at Wednesday's general audience. The soccer-loving pope was enthusiastic about the gift, a No.10 Barcelona replica shirt with four-time world player of the year Messi's name on it. As Buenos Aires Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Francis was a fan of one of the Argentine capital's clubs, San Lorenzo.

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