Vatican Says No 'Two Popes' for FIFA World Cup 2014 Final

Pope Francis - who is a native of Argentina - is expected to watch the FIFA World Cup final but it is unlikely that he would be joined by his predecessor - Benedict XVI who is a German.

updated: July 10, 2014 18:12 IST
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An Argentina fan bearing a mask of Argentinian Pope Francis cheers during the semi-final football match between Netherlands and Argentina.


Vatican City: Football enthusiast Pope Francis "might" watch the World Cup final on Sunday between his native Argentina and Germany but is unlikely to do so alongside his German predecessor Benedict XVI contrary to media speculation, the Vatican said. (Germany have the edge, says Argentina boss)

"He might want to watch the final," Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said of Francis, formerly the archbishop of Buenos Aires Jorge Bergoglio -- a fan and card-carrying member of the San Lorenzo de Almagro club since childhood.

But a Vatican source said he "excluded categorically" the prospect of pope emeritus Benedict XVI, an academic theologian with a penchant for classical piano, sitting down in front of his television set to watch the face-off.

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