World Cup 2014 Finals: A Test of Which Pope's Prayer is More Powerful, Francis or Benedict

  on July 10 2014 12:56 PM
  • World Cup 2014 Finals: A Test of Which Pope's Prayer is More Powerful, Francis or Benedict
    An Argentina jersey with a picture of Pope Francis is seen as fans watch the 2014 World Cup semi-final match between Argentina and the Netherlands at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, July 9, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva (BRAZIL - Tags: RELIGION SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
  • World Cup 2014 Finals: A Test of Which Pope's Prayer is More Powerful, Francis or Benedict
    An Argentinian soccer fan dressed up as Pope Francis dances before a broadcast of the 2014 World Cup semi-final between Argentina and the Netherlands at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, July 9, 2014. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP RELIGION)
  • World Cup 2014 Finals: A Test of Which Pope's Prayer is More Powerful, Francis or Benedict
    Fans of Argentina and the Netherlands dressed up as Pope Francis wait for a train at the Luz Station to catch the 2014 World Cup semi-final soccer match between Argentina and Netherlands at Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo July 9, 2014. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP TRANSPORT)
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    Argentina fans hold pictures of (L-R) Argentina's Lionel Messi, Pope Francis and Diego Maradona before the 2014 World Cup round of 16 game between Argentina and Switzerland at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo July 1, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
  • World Cup 2014 Finals: A Test of Which Pope's Prayer is More Powerful, Francis or Benedict
    Argentina fans hold a banner with images of (L-R) Diego Maradona, Pope Francis and Lionel Messi before the team's 2014 World Cup quarter-finals against Belgium at the Brasilia national stadium in Brasilia July 5, 2014. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP SOCIETY RELIGION)
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    Pope Francis receives an Argentina soccer jersey during his Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican June 25, 2014. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi (VATICAN - Tags: RELIGION)
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It seems that for this year's 2014 World Cup series, not only are the fans and players praying and hoping for global football supremacy. Even Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI are for sure already storming the heavens for their countries' respective teams. The question now is - whose prayers are most efficient to breakthrough heaven's gate enough to be answered and granted?

Pope Francis of Argentina is known to be an ardent soccer aficionado, while Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI of Germany is also a big football fan.

In June, Pope Francis pledged absolute neutrality for the World Cup, but that was in so far as Brazil and Argentina are concerned because they had always been opponents.

But earlier this month, Francis told his Swiss Guards, "it's going to be war!" albeit jokingly, before Argentina played Switzerland.

It would be close to lying if the 77-year-old pope isn't praying for the team of his homeland Argentina.

"He absolutely wants for Argentina to win," Peter Saunders, a victim of sexual abuse from England who met Francis on Monday, told the Boston Globe. "He didn't say it out loud, but you could see it in his eyes, he's a closet fan."

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