Pope gives football giant Lionel Messi signed shirt | Malay Mail

Pope gives football giant Lionel Messi signed shirt | Malay Mail

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24/1/2022 5:02:00 PM

Pope gives football giant Lionel Messi signed shirt | Malay Mail

VATICAN CITY, Jan 24 — Football superstar Lionel Messi has bagged himself a shirt signed by fellow Argentine soccer fanatic Pope Francis , the Vatican ’s sports association said today. Paris Saint-Germain forward Messi, who returned to action yesterday after a bout of Covid, had given the pontiff...

channel for the latest updates.VATICAN CITY, Jan 24 — Football superstar Lionel Messi has bagged himself a shirt signed by fellow Argentine soccer fanatic Pope Francis, the Vatican’s sports association said today.Paris Saint-Germain forward Messi, who returned to action yesterday after a bout of Covid, had given the pontiff a signed piece of kit in October, via French Prime Minister Jean Castex.

In an unusual shirt swap, the yellow jersey of the Athletica Vaticana — the tiny state’s multi-sport team — was then given to Messi by French bishop Emmanuel Gobilliard.“A man of faith, Messi told me how important this step was for him. We prayed together,” Gobilliard, who will be the Holy See’s delegate to the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024, said on Twitter.

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VATICAN CITY, Jan 24 — Football superstar Lionel Messi has bagged himself a shirt signed by fellow Argentine soccer fanatic Pope Francis, the Vatican’s sports association said today. Paris Saint-Germain forward Messi, who returned to action yesterday after a bout of Covid, had given the pontiff a signed piece of kit in October, via French Prime Minister Jean Castex. A report released last week on abuse in the archdiocese from 1945 to 2019 said then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger failed to take action against clerics in four cases of alleged abuse when he was its archbishop between 1977-1982. In an unusual shirt swap, the yellow jersey of the Athletica Vaticana — the tiny state’s multi-sport team — was then given to Messi by French bishop Emmanuel Gobilliard. He called for prayers “that every political action and initiative serve human brotherhood, rather than partisan interests”. “A man of faith, Messi told me how important this step was for him. They said this contradicted documents in their possession. We prayed together,” Gobilliard, who will be the Holy See’s delegate to the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024, said on Twitter.

The scrawled signature in black pen by the 85-year old head of the Roman Catholic church was a “blessing” for the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, Athletica Vaticana said on Facebook.” Ganswein said no decision was made at the 1980 meeting about a new assignment for the priest but only a request to provide him with accommodation during therapeutic treatment.” Tensions between Moscow and Washington are on a knife’s edge over Ukraine, which Europe and the United States has said has been surrounded by some 100,000 Russian troops in preparation for an invasion. Francis — a huge fan of the Buenos Aires team, San Lorenzo — first met Messi in 2013, shortly after being elected pope. The pontiff shared memories last year of playing football as a child in the streets with makeshift balls, which he said sufficed to bring him and his childhood friends pleasure. ‘Shame and pain’ He said Benedict planned to explain how the error happened after he finishes examining the nearly 2,000-page report, sent electronically last Thursday. — AFP You May Also Like .