March 11, 2014
Pope greets San Lorenzo team, confirms visit to Argentina in 2016
Pope Francis today celebrated his beloved San Lorenzo's victory in the Argentinee soccer championship, hoisting a replica of their trophy for all to see.
A small group of team managers and players, including the club's vicepresident, TV host Marcelo Tinelli, met with Francis on the steps of St. Peter's Basilica at the end of his Wednesday general audience.
The group presented him with the replica of the trophy and a red and blue team jersey with "Francisco Campeon," Francis Champion, written on the back. A clearly pleased Francis raised the trophy and confirmed to the group he would make his first visit to Argentina as pontiff in 2016, to preside the National Eucharistic Congress to be held that year in the province of Tucumán.
San Lorenzo, of which then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was a registered fan, clinched the Argentine championship Sunday.