Latin America & Caribbean

Pope Francis meets Copa Libertadores winners San Lorenzo

Pope Francis greets San Lorenzo football team players holding the Copa Libertadores they won last week at the Vatican on 20 August, 2014 Image copyright AP
Image caption The players presented the large silver trophy to the Pope, who is a life-long supporter of the club

Pope Francis has been presented with the Copa Libertadores trophy by players and officials of Argentine side San Lorenzo.

The pontiff has supported the Buenos Aires-based team since he was a boy.

A delegation travelled from the Argentine capital to the Vatican with the trophy.

San Lorenzo recently won the Copa - South American club football's most prestigious competition - for the first time in the club's 106-year history.

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Image caption San Lorenzo has gone from strength to strength since Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope
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Image caption On Wednesday they lifted the Copa Libertadores
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Image caption And in December they won the Argentine championship
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Image caption Players took photos of their most famous fan before handing him the trophy, which he held for a few minutes

Earlier in the week, Pope Francis said: "I am very happy about it, but, no, it is not a miracle.

"For me, San Lorenzo was the team all my family supported. My father played in the basketball team and when we were kids, we sometimes went to the stadium with mum," he added.

San Lorenzo beat Paraguay's Nacional 1-0 on 13 August to secure a 2-1 aggregate victory.

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