IN PICTURES: Pope Francis supports San Lorenzo

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Pope Francis supports San Lorenzo
It’s the footballing Pope we’ve always wanted (Image: Facebook/San Lorenzo)

A new leader of the Catholic church has been elected amid much commotion over in the Vatican and it turns out that Pope Francis supports San Lorenzo.

Argentina’s Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio is the first Pope ever from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium.

Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro, based in Buenos Aires and nicknamed the Saints, now has an even more powerful fan in the form of Argentina’s Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio – the first Pope ever from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium.

Mail Online reports:

The Buenos Aires club – one of the country’s top sides – owes its name to a Catholic priest who played a key role in helping the 104-year-old team find a place to play in its early days.

Father Lorenzo Massa became so worried about the boys kicking a ball around in the streets he offered them the use of the churchyard after seeing one player almost knocked down by a tram. There was just one condition – that they must attend mass on Sundays.

In honour of his contribution, the founding members of the club decided to name the team after the churchman.

Almagro is the district in Buenos Aires where the team originated from. The club now plays in the Primera Division, the top league in Argentina.

Tweets and Pope Francis supports San Lorenzo-related pics below:

El Cardenal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, hincha de #SanLorenzo, es el primer Papa sudamericano y argentino. twitter.com/SanLorenzo/sta…

— San Lorenzo (@SanLorenzo) March 13, 2013

Es un orgullo para la Institución saber que el primer Papa sudamericano es Socio de #SanLorenzo. Mirá: twitter.com/SanLorenzo/sta…

— San Lorenzo (@SanLorenzo) March 13, 2013

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