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Vatican casts doubt on papal World Cup party

VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Vatican says it is unlikely that Pope Francis and his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, would get together to watch their home teams in the World Cup final on Sunday.

Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said Thursday 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.

Lombardi said "both would want the better team to win, without taking sides."

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Mike July 10 2014 at 9:51 AM

Jesus never played soccer so it should be banned.

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cyberchisme Mike July 10 2014 at 12:52 PM

Mike, Jesus never played fooball, basketball, hockey, La Crosse, or any other sport, so all sports should be banned. Amen.

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handsome devil ! Mike July 11 2014 at 1:50 AM

he didn't play any games, so all should be banned. start with basketball.

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MANUELITO handsome devil ! July 11 2014 at 5:08 AM

start with baseball!!!! boring!!!

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Mocs July 10 2014 at 10:26 AM

Those wild and crazy popes.

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liondog96 Mocs July 11 2014 at 4:51 AM

You spelled "dopes" wrong.

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tomkota July 10 2014 at 11:37 AM


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bigjerkmatt tomkota July 10 2014 at 12:07 PM


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Mike July 10 2014 at 12:58 PM

I hear they were discussing starting a Church sponsored kid's league.

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boyle1034 July 10 2014 at 9:11 AM

Interesting proposition. Very curious outcome.

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hatpillbill July 10 2014 at 2:40 PM

If there was a god, do you think he would take sides in the world cup games.. That is, if there was a god

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ofleck July 10 2014 at 12:22 PM

I see an SNL skit in the making......

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robbhoek July 11 2014 at 3:36 AM

Thank the Lord popes are human beings. Even they entered this world through their mother's birth canal. Why shouldn't they enjoy soccer? Viva il Papa.

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TR by ML Neal... July 11 2014 at 1:05 AM

Pray for world peace not a soccer game.

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pio9860 July 11 2014 at 1:02 AM

i knew this is going to happen!

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