not the #1 fan
Italy's ANSA news service has the answer to the question everyone has been asking this past week.
Pope Benedict went to bed before the end of the Italy-Germany soccer match on Tuesday.
Or at least that's what ANSA reports, based on an information received from the Pope's secretary, Msgr. Georg Ganswein. But frankly, Msgr. Ganswein's credibility is a bit strained on this question, since earlier he had been cited as saying that the Pope would take a keen but impartial interest in the game. Show me a sports fan who is both avid and impartial, and I'll show you a fictional character.
The latest story rings true, though. Pope Benedict is a kind man. If his secretary comes to work in the morning full of stories about the last night's game, I'm sure he takes a polite interest. But he isn't going to lose any sleep about a soccer game. QED.
Put it this way: If the Pope took as much interest in soccer games as the journalistic world has taken in the Pope's soccer-watching habits, then you could say he was an avid fan.
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