Pope Francis pays dues ‘religiously’ to his favorite football club

August 6, 2013

(A photo of the San Lorenzo soccer club membership card of Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio distributed by the club on March 13, 2013 after Bergoglio was elected to be Pope Francis. REUTERS/San Lorenzo soccer club/Handout)

Pope Francis, a card-carrying fan of the San Lorenzo football club in his native Buenos Aires, is not letting his new global responsibilities distract him from paying his club dues on time, the team’s vice president, Marcelo Tinelli, said.

“His payment is there, bang on time, every month. He pays his dues religiously,” Tinelli told Fox Sports in a televised interview on Monday. “It’s paid through an automatic debit.”

Jorge Mario Bergoglio, a former archbishop of Buenos Aires who took the name Francis when he was elected pope in March, was known for his modest lifestyle when he lived in Argentina.

He often talked soccer with his fellow commuters while riding the bus to work as archbishop, celebrating San Lorenzo’s wins, and lamenting their losses.

Club Atletico San Lorenzo de Almagro, founded in 1908 by a priest named Lorenzo Massa, is an “A” league team whose stadium is in Bajo Flores, one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. The team won its first game of the 2013 season over the weekend, when it beat Olimpo 2-1.

— by Hugh Bronstein and Guido Nejamkis in Buenos Aires

via Pope Francis pays dues ‘religiously’ to favorite football club | Reuters.

No comments so far

We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/