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.