Pope Francis is a big soccer fan. Specifically, he has supported San Lorenzo de Almargo since childhood, and is still a card-carrying member of the fan club. After his ascendancy to the papacy, San Lorenzo returned the love with special jerseys honoring their most famous fan. And now today, in Vatican City, the mutual admirers met:
San Lorenzo won the Torneo Inicial championship after a nil-nil draw against Buenos Aires rivals Velez Sarsfield on Sunday.
A small group of San Lorenzo players and officials met Pope Francis at the end of Wednesday's general audience.
Team members said Pope Francis told them he would visit his native Argentina in 2016 for the 200th anniversary of the country's independence from Spain.
You can watch video of the meeting here.
Of course, San Lorenzo fandom is now officially Canon Law, with red and blue being added to the Liturgical Calendar during soccer season.