Posted: Tue November 5, 2013 12:14PM; Updated: Tue November 5, 2013 12:14PM

FIFA president Blatter to meet Pope Francis

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FIFA president Sepp Blatter will have a private audience with Pope Francis in Rome on Nov. 22.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter will have a private audience with Pope Francis in Rome on Nov. 22.
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ZURICH (AP) - FIFA President Sepp Blatter will have a private audience with Pope Francis.

FIFA says that Blatter, whose is Roman Catholic, will meet the pope in Rome on Nov. 22. The pope, who was elected in March, grew up as a supporter of Argentine club San Lorenzo in his native country.

Blatter wrote to him then, saying ''we have learned that Your Holiness is a passionate follower of our sport and of a club nicknamed `The Holy Team' no less.''

The pope also hosted Lionel Messi in August ahead of an Italy-Argentina friendly organized in his honor.

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