Crash sur­vivors re­ceived by Pope

Montreal Gazette - - SPORTS -

The Brazil­ian soc­cer club dev­as­tated by an air­plane crash in Colom­bia last year has met with Pope Fran­cis at the Vatican. Fran­cis gave Chapecoense a spe­cial wel­come in his re­marks and posed for pic­tures with the team on Wed­nes­day. When the team’s flight went down in Novem­ber, all but six of the 77 play­ers, of­fi­cials and jour­nal­ists on board were killed. Three play­ers sur­vived the crash and two of them, Jack­son Foll­mann and Alan Ruschel, were among those at the Vatican. Chapecoense faces Roma in a char­ity match Sun­day to raise funds for the team.

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