Pope Francis calls Super Bowl LI a sign of peace, friendship, solidarity

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As an Argentinian octogenarian, Pope Francis is probably not a big fan of American football. But he delivered a message about the Super Bowl today.

In a video released by the Vatican and shown on the NRG Stadium big screen before the game, Francis said he hopes Super Bowl Sunday is a day for people to join together.

“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 to the world,” Francis said.

The pope has previously weighed in on the Olympics and the World Cup, but this is the first time he’s commented on the Super Bowl. That’s a good get for the NFL.

15 responses to “Pope Francis calls Super Bowl LI a sign of peace, friendship, solidarity

  1. Classic good vs. evil because one of these teams today doesn’t have the moral compass to “respect the rules”.

  2. The pontiff then predicted the Pats to cover the spread and let everyone know that he dropped a couple prop bets at the Wynn (no way he was going to go to Caesars).

  3. “Respect the rules”? The pontiff doesn’t realize who’s playing. Oh well, I guess the Pope isn’t infallible in matters of American sports.

  4. First Trump weighed in. And now we’ve got the Pope’s opinion. Clearly it’s my turn now.
    The Patriot’s don’t have a dominant SB win on their resume like all the dynasties that came before them. I don’t think they can get a dominant win today either.
    But I do think they will find a way in the 4th to squeeze this one out.

  5. backuppunter says:
    Feb 5, 2017 5:26 PM
    I love this Pope. If we had had more prominent christian leader like him over the last 50 years I believe the world would be in a better place.

    You do realize the mess this church has been trying to sweep under the rug still has cases popping up…right?

  6. Okay, so far we’ve got Trump and the Pope weighing in and that’s nice and all but can we get the opinion of a real gambler? Let’s cut to the chase, who did Putin take against the spread?

  7. Yeah right. Wait til the morning once you hear the total tally of fights, arrests, dui’s, and sins that get committed during this peaceful day. Wish he can hear the swearing that goes on today across the world during game by players and fans.

  8. 1) Celts win, Pierce hits a trey for the Clippers to end the game.

    2) Pats win coming from 25 down in the 1st overtime game in SB history. In the last 2 SB wins by the Pats they’ve come from a total of 39 points down.

    Good sports day here in New England. Cold outside, warm inside, lots of newspapers and shirts to buy tomorrow to commemorate the occasion.

    Kind of tired tonight – up since 4:30, and I have too much respect for the Falcons to gloat,

    BUT with a good night’s sleep – maybe tomorrow.

    Haters – as always when next we meet we’ll bring the cheese, you bring the WHINE.

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