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New Argentine semi-professional club named for Pope Francis begins play in regional league

A new Argentine soccer team named after Pope Francis and meant to promote nonviolence played it first official game in a regional league — a 2-2 draw that saw four players sent off.The Papa Francisco team was founded by Jorge Ramirez, an admirer of the pope. It has 47 members and was set up in meetings at Ramirez's house, located 12 miles south of Buenos Aires, shortly after the archbishop of the city, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, was named pope.Pope Francis is an avid soccer fan and a supporter of Buenos Aires club San Lorenzo. He has no official connection to the Papa Francisco club.The semi-professional team plays in the lower regions of the Argentine league system, and chose the nickname: "The Saint of the South." The behavior on the pitch in the first game against Trefules wasn't particularly saintly, though, as two players from each team were sent off."Our motto is no hooligans, no violence and no insults," said Ramirez, the club president.The club could serve as a much-needed antid...

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