Fanatical about football, the pope is a fan of San Lorenzo, considered one of the biggest clubs in Argentine football, and has been hospitalized since July 4, in Rome, to recover from colon surgery
O Pope Francisco, hospitalized since July 4 at the Policlinico Agostino Gemelli Hospital, in Rome, to recover from a colon surgery, celebrated the titles won this weekend by Argentina, in the America Cup, and through Italy, in the Eurocup. Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said the leader of the Catholic Church “shared the joy of the victory of the Argentine and Italian teams with those close to him” and stressed the “meaning of sport and its values”, especially the “sports ability to accept defeat”. “Only like this, in the face of life’s difficulties, it is possible to always be at stake, fighting without surrender, with hope and confidence,” said Pope Francis, according to Bruni in an official statement.
Fanatical about football, Pope Francisco is a fan of San Lorenzo, considered one of the biggest clubs in Argentine football. The Vatican, however, did not say whether Pope Francis watched the Copa America and Euro Cup finals in hospital. Argentina were champions last Saturday by defeating Brazil 1-0, in the middle of the Maracanã stadium, in Rio de Janeiro, leaving the queue after 28 years. Already Italy won the Euro Cup for the second time in its history by beating England in the penalty shootout at London’s Wembley Stadium, on Sunday. The pope is hospitalized for surgery to correct a diverticular stenosis of the colon, a narrowing caused by the appearance of small pouches called diverticula in this part of the large intestine. The initial forecast was that he would be hospitalized for a week, but the Vatican confirmed that the hospitalization will be extended for “a few more days”.