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The World Cup As Seen From the Vatican

Michael Kappeler/dpa

GERMANY, Berlin : Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger (L) kisses the World Cup trophy on stage during the welcome reception for Germany's national soccer team in front of the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany, 15 July 2014. The German team won the Brazil 2014 FIFA Soccer World Cup final against Argentina by 1-0 on 13 July 2014, winning the world cup title for the fourth time after 1954, 1974 and 1990. Photo: Michael Kappeler/dpa

Vatican Radio - published on 07/15/14

Archbishop Gänswein: I am following with great concern the situation in the Holy Land. The Pope also said that the Angelus prayer is very important, and that prayer with the two Israeli and Palestinian presidents and the Ecumenical Patriarch that he did a month ago is a signal, and this signal must bear and will bear good fruit, even if the present situation, unfortunately, has become very worrying.

Gisotti: So even sports can help? For example, we have seen many times that sporting events were the occasion on which teams whose nations were at war or in conflict with each other faced each other for the first time.

Archbishop Gänswein: Yes. I am convincedabsolutely convincedthat politics would not be able to bring together teams that are politically totally different, but sportssocceris able to do that, and I think that this is an possibility to strengthen and also to appreciate.

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