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The 'papal World Cup rivalry' story has now jumped the shark

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Jul 11, 2014

“World Cup final pits Pope Francis versus retired Pope Benedict,” shouts the headline on the CBC site.

Hmm. A 77-year-old man with a limp against an 87-year-old man with a cane. Playing soccer. No offense to either Pontiff, but if that’s what they’re showing on TV this Sunday, I think I’ll pass.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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