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Pope, Swiss Guard joust on World Cup allegiances

Catholic World News - July 01, 2014

"It will be war!" Pope Francis reportedly told members of the Swiss Guard regarding today's World Cup contest between his native Argentina and Switzerland.

The Pope, an avid soccer fan, has promised to remain neutral during the World Cup. But Vatican journalists have joked about tensions between the Argentine Pontiff and his Swiss protecters during the July 1 match.

The Swiss Guard issued an invitation to the Pope to watch the Switzerland-Argentina contest on the wide-screen television in their barracks. The Pope politely declined.

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  • Posted by: Jim.K - Jul. 01, 2014 4:15 PM ET USA

    A nice article. It is refreshing to see this human and humorous side of our Holy Father while he is, at the same time, dealing with so many serious problems. No wonder he is so well liked! However, I hope the Swiss Guards didn't bet against their boss. Argentina won 1-0.

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