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‘Match for Peace': Pope Francis hosts football stars in Vatican

Pope Francis, an avid soccer fan, met with organisers, players and guests of the inter religious 'match for peace' football game, played the same evening at Rome's Olympic Stadium.

‘Match for Peace': Pope Francis hosts football stars in Vatican
Pope Francis (2nd L) poses for a family picture with international football players during a meeting with organizers, players and guests of the itereligious 'match for peace' football game that will be played tonight in Rome's Olympic Styadium, in Paul VI hall at the Vatican on September 1, 2014. (AFP/Getty Images)
‘Match for Peace': Pope Francis hosts football stars in Vatican
Pope Francis receives the 'match for peace' trophy as he arrives in Paul VI hall at the Vatican on September 1, 2014 to meet organizers, players and guests of the inter religious 'match for peace' football game, to be played tonight at Rome's Olympic Stadium. (AFP/Getty Images)
‘Match for Peace': Pope Francis hosts football stars in Vatican
Pope Francis arrives in Paul VI hall at the Vatican on September 1, 2014 to meet organizers, players and guests of the inter religious 'match for peace' football game, to be played tonight at Rome's Olympic Stadium. (AFP/Getty Images)
‘Match for Peace': Pope Francis hosts football stars in Vatican
Colombia's former football player Carlos Valderrama (R) and his wife pose with Pope Francis at the Vatican on September 1, 2014 during a meeting with organizers, players and guests of the inter religious 'match for peace' football game, played tonight at Rome's Olympic Stadium. (AFP/Getty Images)
‘Match for Peace': Pope Francis hosts football stars in Vatican
French football player David Trezeguet (2L) and his family pose with Pope Francis at the Vatican on September 1, 2014 during a meeting with organizers, players and guests of the inter religious 'match for peace' football game, played tonight at Rome's Olympic Stadium. (AFP/Getty Images)
‘Match for Peace': Pope Francis hosts football stars in Vatican
Italy's former football player Alessandro Del Piero takes a picture with his smartphone in Paul VI hall at the Vatican on September 1, 2014 as Pope Francis meets organizers, players and guests of the inter religious 'match for peace' football game, to be played tonight at Rome's Olympic Stadium. (AFP/Getty Images)
‘Match for Peace': Pope Francis hosts football stars in Vatican
Argentinian former football players Diego Armando Maradona (C) and Ukraine's Andriy Shevchenko (L) shake hands as they arrive in Paul VI hall at the Vatican on September 1, 2014 as Pope Francis meets organizers, players and guests of the inter religious 'match for peace' football game, to be played tonight at Rome's Olympic Stadium. (AFP/Getty Images)
‘Match for Peace': Pope Francis hosts football stars in Vatican
Argentinian former football player Diego Armando Maradona (C) arrives in Paul VI hall at the Vatican on September 1, 2014 as Pope Francis meets organizers, players and guests of the inter religious 'match for peace' football game, to be played tonight at Rome's Olympic Stadium. (AFP/Getty Images)
‘Match for Peace': Pope Francis hosts football stars in Vatican
Argentinian former football player Diego Armando Maradona (L) shakes hands with Pope Francis at the Vatican on September 1, 2014 during a meeting with organizers, players and guests of the inter religious 'match for peace' football game, played tonight at Rome's Olympic Stadium. (AFP/Getty Images)