Ger­mans make peace of­fer­ing to Pope Fran­cis

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

The Ger­man national team pre­sented Pope Fran­cis with a shirt dur­ing an au­di­ence in­side the Apos­tolic Palace on Mon­day, two years after it de­feated Argentina in the World Cup fi­nal.

As he gave the Ar­gen­tine pope a shirt signed by the team’s play­ers, Ger­man FA pres­i­dent Rein­hard Grindel says, “We be­came world cham­pi­ons beat­ing the Ar­gen­tine national team, which is some­thing that might have up­set you, so sym­bol­i­cally, this jersey also unites us and your­self for this mat­ter.”

Fran­cis, a life­long fan of Buenos Aires club San Lorenzo, has had fre­quent meet­ings with soc­cer play­ers from around the world.

He noted Ger­many’s suc­cess as a team “helps you recog­nise your re­spon­si­bil­i­ties off the field, too.”

Ger­many was trav­el­ling to Mi­lan to face Italy in a friendly to­day.

Pope Fran­cis, left, flanked by Rein­hard Grindel, pres­i­dent of Ger­man Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion is pre­sented with a draw­ing with signs from all religions and na­tion­al­i­ties made by chil­dren from the foundation of the teams’ cap­tain and goal keeper Manuel Neuer Photo: AP

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