"Would you bring a jersey next time?". Pope Francis meets AS Romas Totti during weekly audience at Vatican Pope Francis meets AS Roma soccer player Francesco Totti during the popes weekly audience in St. Peters Square at the Vatican May 22. (CNS photo/ LOsservatore Romano via Reuters)
The Beautiful Game Meets the Beatified Game. Sixteen teams comprised of seminarians and priests throughout Rome compete in the Clericus Cup soccer tournament. Seminarians and priests play on a pitch set against the stunning backdrop of St. Peter’s Basilica.
The Pope is a big supporter of the Clericus Cup a tournament held each season in Vatican City, which has an unusual trophy for the winners.
Pope Francis local team in Argentina of which he is a patron and was a season ticket holder.
Admiring Welbeck's new kit after his recent transfer to Arsenal. Danny Welbeck's transfer that is, not Pope Francis. The Pope is still numero uno for The Vatican.
Pope Francis And Sports San Lorenzo de Almagro soccer team President Matias Lammens, right, hands Pope Francis a team jersey at the end of the pope's weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, April 10, 2013. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)
Pope Francis receives a jersey as a gift from Lazios player Saha during his weekly audience at the Vatican Pope Francis receives a jersey as a gift from Lazios soccer player Louis Saha during the popes weekly audience in St. Peters Square at the Vatican May 22. (CNS photo/LOsservatore Romano via Reuters)
Pope Francis receives a signed football shirt from Carlos Tevez who plays for Juventus and previously with Manchester City and Manchester United.
Sepp Blatter on meeting Pope Francis:"We spoke the same language and it was language of football."
Pope Francis receives a shirt from Inter Milan and Argentina legend Javier Zanetti (now age 40 and still playing for Inter).
Pope Francis is given a Messi shirt and hopes Leo Messi can score many goals for Argentina in the Brazil 2014 World Cup
Pope Francis adds a Spain Confederations Cup shirt to his collection.
Pope Francis receives a Sunderland shirt
Pope Francis receives a soccer jersey from the Fluminense Football Club Credit Nelson Perez Fluminense FC CNA Catholic News
A happy Pope
Pope Francis has decided to keep his previous coat of arms, chosen at the time of his episcopal consecration and marked by linear simplicity.
Pope Francis shows his delight at receiving another football shirt.