Here’s The New Pope’s Favorite Soccer Team

Maybe they’ll see a big bump in Catholic support? Or DIVINE support?

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Turns out, the new Pope isn’t just a sacrament fan — he’s a SOCCERament fan as well. Hahahahahahaha *is smited*

Anyway, Pope Francis I, formerly Cardinal Jorge Maria Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires, is a supporter of Argentinian soccer club San Lorenzo de Almagro, according to @MundoAlbicelest. San Lorenzo is a Buenos Aires squad that competes in the Argentine Primera Division, the top level of Argentinian football. Manager Juan Antonio Pizzi is pictured above on the right, alongside player Santiago Gentilletti.

San Lorenzo de Almagra was founded by a local priest named Lorenzo Massa to give neighborhood children a place to play soccer in 1908; the name honors Saint Lawrence of Rome and the Battle of San Lorenzo. The club has won the fifth-most championships of any in the Argentine Primera Division, and last won in 2007. They won two championships while Francis I was archbishop, which Argentina fans can use as consolation when considering the fact that no nation has won the World Cup while one of its natives was Pontiff, according to ESPN’s Paul Carr.

3. Of course, those countries didn’t have Messi.

Now that’s what I call infallibility.

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