Pope Francis Organizes Footy Match For Peace

12 Aug

Vatican Pope's TeamSoccer lovin’ pontiff Pope Francis (seen here with a kit from the team he supports, San Lorenzo) has gathered together soccer stars past and present to play a match for peace between Israelis & Palestinians.

FROM JTA

Pope Francis bringing soccer stars together for peace match
Aug 12, 2014

(JTA) — Pope Francis has organized an exhibition soccer match with all-star players to promote peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

The “match for the peace” will take place Sept. 1 at the Olympic Stadium in Rome.

Among the top players, active and retired, scheduled to participate are Argentine greats Diego Maradonna and Lionel Messi. Maradona told Argentine media that the pope called him personally and asked him “to play for the peace between Israel and Palestine.” Francis also called Messi to request his participation.

Yossi Benayoun, an Israeli, also will participate, as will players from Russia, Cameroon, Italy, France and Brazil.

The match will be hosted by the Pupi Foundation, a charity founded by the Argentine soccer player Javier “Pupi” Zanetti, as well as the Pontifical Academy for Social Science.

In May, Francis hosted then-Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for a prayer summit at the Vatican.

– Lozil

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