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Blatter to have audience with Pope

Pope Francis (L) and FIFA president Sepp Blatter.
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ZURICH (AP)

FIFA President Sepp Blatter will have a private audience with Pope Francis.

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FIFA says that Blatter, who 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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