Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

German Pope congratulates Italian soccer victors

Catholic World News - June 29, 2012

After Italy defeated Germany in a Euro Cup soccer match on June 28, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone called Italian President Giorgio Napolitano to pass along congratulations from Pope Benedict XVI.

Although the Pope is a native German, he is also Bishop of Rome, and “shared the joy of his faithful,” according to Father Federico Lombardi, the papal spokesman. So he asked Cardinal Bertone to “convey his congratulations.”

There may be another side to the story. While Pope Benedict is generally indifferent to sports, but Cardinal Bertone—who is Italian—is an avid soccer fan, and was no doubt happy for an opportunity to discuss the game.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our September expenses ($13,238 to go):
$35,000.00 $21,761.73
38% 62%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

On annulments, the process is not the problem 6 hours ago
Eucharistic Adoration, a Sure Sign of Catholic Renewal 22 hours ago
The Mystery of Music, Part II September 22
Our Spiritual Destiny and the Horror of War September 19
The Islamic roots of terrorism must be addressed September 19

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Cardinals criticize Kasper proposal, escalating debate on remarriage/Communion CWN - September 18