BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Pope Francis could have chosen the Devils. Instead he turned to the Saints.
In a country where a blurry line separates religion from soccer, it's only appropriate that the first Argentine pope is a fan of team partly founded by and named for a priest: the Saints of San Lorenzo.
One of the rival teams bears the name Red Devils.
The new pope grew up in Buenos Aires' Flores neighborhood, not far from the San Lorenzo stadium. Like his father, he formed a bond with the team that continued as he rose up the Roman Catholic hierarchy to become archbishop of Argentina's capital. He's even a member of the association that owns the club.
The team has issued a news release expressing pride at the papal connection.