Pope Francis has called for a global ceasefire during the World Cup final between Argentina and Germany on Sunday.
The two soccer powerhouses will square off in what is the the most-watched sporting event in the world, and most of the world will probably be at a standstill anyway.
“Adherents are asking for a moment of silence around the Sunday, July 13 match to remember those stricken by wars and unrest worldwide,” the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture said in a statement.
According to AFP, though Pope Francis is a fervent Argentina soccer fan, his predecessor Benedict XVI is not a soccer fan and probably will not be watching the game. A Vatican source told AFP that he “excluded categorically” that Benedict would watch a sport he does not even like.
“It’s really not his thing, he is not a fan,” the source said. “It would be like inflicting an infinite penitence on him at the age of 87. He has never been able to watch a football match from beginning to end in his life.”
Pope Francis is from Argentina while Benedict is from Germany, as Breitbart contributor John Pudner detailed in his “Pope Against Pope” piece.