Germans make peace offering to Pope Francis
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