Vatican City: Football fan Pope Francis stayed neutral on Saturday ahead of the World Cup final between his native Argentina and Germany, saying the tournament in Brazil had shown the importance of dialogue between different cultures.
"The World Cup allowed people from different countries and religions to come together. May sport always promote the culture of encounter," Francis said in tweets in several languages including Latin from his @pontifex account. (Also read: Vatican says 'no two popes' for FIFA World Cup final)
The Vatican has said Francis "might" watch the match although it has ruled out the possibility that he could sit down with his German predecessor Benedict XVI, known to be more fond of theology and piano music than sports.