FIFA president Blatter to meet Pope Francis

FIFA president Sepp Blatter will have a private audience with Pope Francis in Rome on Nov. 22.
Darko Vojinovic/AP

The pope also hosted Lionel Messi in August ahead of an Italy-Argentina friendly organized in his honor.

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