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Maradona Says He is a “Fan of Francis” after Vatican Visit

VATICAN CITY – Argentine soccer legend Diego Armando Maradona described himself on Thursday as a “fan of Francis” in a press conference following a meeting with the Pope, while he expressed his gratitude for the “affection” he received during the visit at the Vatican.

Maradona’s remarks came after his third meeting with the Argentine pontiff, as the duo met before on Sept. 1 and Sept. 4 last year to promote the interfaith soccer match for peace, which included other players such as Colombian Carlos Valderrama and Spaniard Diego Simeone at the Olympic Stadium in Rome.

“He is a very good Pope; I say he is great... he will do very good things for young people,” Maradona esteemed in the press conference organized by the Scholas Occurrentes, or Scholas, an educational network launched in Buenos Aires by Pope Francis when he was still the archbishop of the city.

Maradona explained that he and the Pope discussed several topics such as fighting hunger in different parts of the world, one of the issues addressed by Scholas, which also aims to promote mutual cultural understanding.

 

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