According to a ZENIT report, Pope Benedict XVI says he hopes that soccer players and organizations can increasingly become a tools to educate in values. The Pope made his appeal today at yesterday’s general audience. Italian soccer players and representatives of the sport were in attendance.
“May soccer increasingly be an instrument for teaching values of honesty, solidarity, and fraternity, especially among the youth,” he said.
The group gave the Holy Father a soccer ball and a blue jersey from the Italian national team with “Benedetto XVI” written on it.
The Pope made no predictions concerning this weekend’s NFL playoffs, probably because the Saints aren’t playing.
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