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Pope greets beloved San Lorenzo team officials after victory, hoists trophy during audience

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    Pope Francis looks at a replica of the Argentine soccer major league's trophy he was presented by a delegation of San Lorenzo soccer team, at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. Pope Francis has celebrated his beloved San Lorenzo's victory in the Argentine soccer championship, hoisting up a replica of their trophy for all to see. A small group of team managers and players met with Francis on the steps of St. Peter's Basilica at the end of his Wednesday general audience. The group presented him with the replica of the trophy and a red and blue team jersey with "Francisco Campeon" written on back. A clearly pleased Francis raised the trophy for all to see. San Lorenzo, of which then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was a registered fan, clinched the Argentine championship Sunday. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)The Associated Press

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    Pope Francis salutes children as he leaves after his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)The Associated Press

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    Pope Francis holds a replica of the Argentine soccer major league's trophy he was presented by a delegation of San Lorenzo soccer team, at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. Pope Francis has celebrated his beloved San Lorenzo's victory in the Argentine soccer championship, hoisting up a replica of their trophy for all to see. A small group of team managers and players met with Francis on the steps of St. Peter's Basilica at the end of his Wednesday general audience. The group presented him with the replica of the trophy and a red and blue team jersey with "Francisco Campeon" written on back. A clearly pleased Francis raised the trophy for all to see. San Lorenzo, of which then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was a registered fan, clinched the Argentine championship Sunday. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)The Associated Press

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    Pope Francis prays during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)The Associated Press

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    Pope Francis holds a baby as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)The Associated Press

Pope Francis has celebrated his beloved San Lorenzo's victory in the Argentine soccer championship, hoisting a replica of their trophy for all to see.

A small group of team managers and players met with Francis on the steps of St. Peter's Basilica at the end of his Wednesday general audience. The group presented him with the replica of the trophy and a red and blue team jersey with "Francisco Campeon," Francis Champion, written on the back. A clearly pleased Francis raised the trophy.

San Lorenzo, of which then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was a registered fan, clinched the Argentine championship Sunday.

Wednesday was Francis' last general audience for 2013, during which he received birthday wishes and someone even offered him a sip of mate, the traditional Argentine tea.