When the World Cup kicked
off last month, Pope Francis wasn't shy about professing his love of the
soccer tournament and his allegiance to the Argentine soccer team. But
will he and
his German predecessor, Pope Emeritus
Benedict XVI, get together to watch their home teams in the World Cup
final? Not likely, the Vatican says.
Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico
Lombardi, said that the hour of the final is late for Francis' routine, and
acknowledged with a chuckle that Benedict wasn't known as an avid sports
fan.Still, he didn't rule anything out,
saying, "we'll see in the coming days."
Pope Francis has already
given his word that there would be no papal intervention in Argentina's
fortunes, promising he wouldn't pray for any team. German-born Benedict's interests are known to
lean more toward intellectual than athletic pursuits.
Photo: An Argentina fan dressed as the Pope celebrates after defeating the Netherlands in a penalty shootout during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between the Netherlands and Argentina at Arena de Sao Paulo on July 9, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.