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Spanish PM gives pope Spanish team jersey as soccer-mad pontiff builds collection

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    Pope Francis, center, is presented with a jersey of the Spanish national soccer team during his private audience with Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and his wife Elvira Fernandez Balboa, right, at the Vatican, Monday, April 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, Pool)The Associated Press

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    Pope Francis, left, meets Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy at the Vatican, Monday, April 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, Pool)The Associated Press

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    Pope Francis, center, is flanked by Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, left, and his wife Elvira Fernandez Balboa during their private audience at Vatican, Monday, April 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, Pool)The Associated Press

Soccer-mad Pope Francis is building quite a collection of team jerseys.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy gave Francis a national jersey signed by all the players during a 25-minute audience Monday in the Apostolic Palace.

The pope quipped: "Just like the San Lorenzo one!" Last week, members of Francis' beloved Buenos Aires team offered him a club jersey during the pope's general audience and got a papal shout-out in Spanish. Francis is a lifelong San Lorenzo fan and became a club member (ID No. 88235) in 2008.

A few weeks ago, a fan gave Francis another San Lorenzo jersey as the pope drove through St. Peter's Square.

Italy has invited Argentina to play a friendly this summer; Italy coach Cesare Prandelli hopes it will be preceded by a papal audience.