A collection from the Latin Times of the best memes, Tweets, jokes, pictures and more from the week that saw our Argentine Pope and German Pope Emeritus both have their home nations reach football's World Cup final.
They have broken bread together, prayed together, and each ruled the Vatican respectively, but Pope Francis from Argentina and his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI from Germany, found themselves in the middle of a soccer rivalry as their two countries met in the World Cup Final on Sunday.
As odd as it is to have two living popes simultaneously (the last time was in 1296), it’s even odder that each hails from the two countries to meet in this year’s World Cup Final. Divine intervention perhaps?
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI played soccer as a child and has openly spoken about the role of sports in the world as a way to instill the values of 'honesty, solidarity and fraternity' to our youth.
Pope Francis is a lifelong soccer fan who has made no secret over the years of his love for Argentine soccer club, San Lorenzo. Despite being the reigning Pontiff and conducting a busier schedule than the President of the United States, he still follows the San Lorenzo team.
He did however call for a 'pause for peace' before the match to honour and remember victims of war and poverty. When asked directly if either pope would be watching the match, Vatican spokesman, Fr
Lombardi did not believe that Benedict who is now 87, but still lives on the Vatican grounds in seclusion, would watch the match due to the fact that its local air time is at 9pm.
Gaenswein Passes On Condolences After Germany's World Cup Victory (National Catholic Register)
A house divided as Popes' teams face off in World Cup championship (Rome Reports/YouTube)
Pope Francis sends video message for start of World Cup in Brazil! (Rome Reports/YouTube)