VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has sent a video-message to Americans for Super Bowl 51, as the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots face off this evening in Houston, Texas.
Super Bowl fans will see the pope’s message air at Houston’s NRG Stadium at 5pm Central-time, at the start of the pre-game show.
Vice President Mike Pence will be in attendance. He will be the fourth sitting vice president to see the NFL match-off in person.
The pope’s message was pre-recorded in front of a painting of Mary, Untier of Knots, at his residence inside the Vatican.
Here below is the Pope’s message.
“Great sporting events like today’s Super Bowl are highly symbolic, showing that it is possible to build a culture of encounter and a world of peace.
By participating in sport, we are able to go beyond our own self-interest — and in a healthy way — we learn to sacrifice, to grow in fidelity and respect the rules.
May this year’s Super Bowl be a sign of peace, friendship and solidarity for the world. Thank you!”
Thanks to CNA for providing the the pope’s video-message with English subtitles.