Pope Francis skipped World Cup final to stay ‘neutral’

July 15, 2014 6:53 PM

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Pope Francis skipped World Cup final to stay ‘neutral’

Pope Francis did not watch his native Argentina play Germany in the World Cup final as “a matter of neutrality,” the Vatican’s chief of ceremonies Guillermo Karcher said on Monday.

Pope Francis is known as a lifelong football fan and card-carrying member of Argentine club San Lorenzo, but Karcher said he did not even tune in to see the nail-biting final in Brazil, which Germany won 1-0 in extra time. “The Pope was updated on the World Cup but said he wasn't going to watch it a...

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