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Lionel Messi to play for the Pope

Andrea Pirlo, Javier Zanetti and Gianluigi Buffon will also play in ‘inter-religious match for peace’

Brazilian bishops: ‘Government wrong to prioritise World Cup over needs of population’

Bishops also criticise organisers for removing communities to build stadiums

Rio archdiocese threatens to sue Italian TV station over World Cup advert

Christ the Redeemer statue shown in an Italian football shirt in advert on Rai

The English priests who taught Real Madrid a football lesson

In 1907 the seminarians of the Royal English College at Valladolid thrashed the mighty Real Madrid

Maradona urges Pope Francis to reform Vatican

Football legend says he would like to meet the Pontiff

Pope Francis to celebrate birthday with visit from his favourite football team

Pontiff has breakfast with group of homeless people on the morning of his 77th birthday

Pope Francis welcomes Argentine and Italian football stars to the Vatican

Lionel Messi hails “one of the most special days of my life”

Pope Francis meets Italian and Argentine football stars in Rome

Lionel Messi leads delegation ahead of friendly match

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A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Fans unite to kill bill to end sectarianism

Both Celtic and Glasgow fans are campaigning against a bill that would criminalise displays of bigotry on the terraces