Pope Francis supports interfaith game

Pope Francis is backing a well promoted interreligious soccer match that will gather great players from around the globe and is promoting peace and raising money for at-risk kids. The pope is not expected to attend the match itself.

Former Argentina great Javier Zanetti, who spent 19 seasons in the sport before retiring, said that the idea for a match at the Olympic Stadium in Rome arose during a conference he had with Francis.

At a press conference on Monday, Zanetti said that: “The most important thing isn’t the match, but the message of peace that the pope wants to give the world.”

Coach Gerardo Martino and manager Arsene Wenger will put together opposing teams featuring Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu and Buddhist players mixed together.