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Argentine football legend  Diego Maradona (PA)

Football legend says he would like to meet the Pontiff

Pope Francis is presented with a gift by Matias Lammens, president of San Lorenzo in St Peter's Square, earlier this year Below: The Pope meets three homeless men at the Vatican on the morning of his birthday (CNS)

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

Pope Francis receives a gift from Italy's Gianluigi Buffon, and Argentina's Lionel Messi at the Vatican (CNS)

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

Lionel Messi leads delegation ahead of friendly match

Pope Francis kisses a child at this morning's general audience (AP)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 17/04/13

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

Participants at last autumn’s inaugural Ratcliffe College Football Festival

Catholic primary children enjoy football festival at Ratcliffe College

Football is not the new religion

… it just extends the old one, says Patrick West, who looks at Christianity’s influence on the game ahead of the World Cup