If Rome wins 2024 Summer Olympics, Vatican could host competitions

December 17, 2014 5:15 PM

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VATICAN CITY — Major sporting events could be held at the Vatican if Rome wins its bid to host the Summer Olympics in 2024.

Pope Francis, a keen soccer fan, is reported to be enthusiastic about the idea. He is expected to meet the head of Italy’s National Olympic Committee, Giovanni Malago, and other officials at the Vatican on Friday (Dec. 19) after a Mass to commemorate the committee’s 100th anniversary.

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