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Pope Francis waves as he arrives for an audience with members of the Italian Olympic Committee (CNS)

Francis made the comments to members of the Italian Olympic Committee

Pope Francis receiving a football from Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon (CNS)

Bishop of Salford says that Catholics are all selected for Francis’s team

After beating Roma 7-1 in a Champions League match, players from Bayern Munich visited Pope Francis at the Vatican

Pope Francis receiving the Copa Libertadores trophy from players and officials from San Lorenzo (CNS)

Argentine football club has enjoyed a revival in its fortunes since the pontiff’s election

Javier Zanetti presenting Pope Francis with an Inter Milan shirt last year (CNS)

Inter-religious Match for Peace expected to feautre Roberto Baggio, Zinedine Zidane and Lionel Messi

The Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, where the World Cup final will be played

Bishops also criticise organisers for removing communities to build stadiums