Thursday, July 25, 2013

Brazilian soccer team gives Pope personalized jersey

Supporters chant song written for 1980 papal visit
Pope Francis receives a soccer jersey from the Fluminense Football Club. Photo credit / Nelson Perez - Fluminense F.C.
Catholic News Agency reported that during his visit to Laranjeiras Stadium, Pope Francis received a personalized jersey from Alexey Dantas, the vice president of the Fluminense Soccer Club. Fans of the team are known for chanting "À Benção João de Deus," or "A Blessing, John of God," written during Pope John Paul II's 1980 visit to Brazil. A video of the song can be found here.

After arriving last night by helicopter at Laranjeiras Stadium, the home of the Fluminense Soccer Club, Pope Francis received a personalized jersey and blessed the famous Brazilian soccer team.

The Pope, in Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day and on his way to Guanabara Palace yesterday to meet with President Dilma Rousseff, received the jersey from team vice president Alexey Dantas. A smiling Pope Francis thanked him in Spanish for the gift.

Full article available here.

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