Football-mad Pope Francis “might” watch the World Cup final on Sunday between his native Argentina and Germany, but is unlikely to do so alongside his German predecessor Benedict XVI according to the Vatican.
“He might want to watch the final,” says Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi.
But a Vatican source claims he “excluded categorically” the prospect of Benedict XVI, an academic theologian with a liking for classical music, sitting down in front of his television set to watch the face-off.
“It’s really not his thing, he is not a fan. It would be like inflicting an infinite penitence on him at the age of 87,” the source adds despite the wishful thinking of the internet meme above. “He has never been able to watch a football match from beginning to end in his life.”