Maradona is Pope's No. 1 supporter

Soccer players join in int'l educ. program Scholas Occurrentes

(ANSA) - Vatican City, April 23 - Pope Francis met "number one fan" Argentinian soccer legend Diego Maradona on Thursday at a press conference in Rome.
    The Pontiff was presenting Scholas Occurrentes, the world-wide, inter-religious educational network which will include the participation of the South American Football Federation and several world-famous soccer players such as Maradona, who was present.
    The World Cup winner called the Pope "fantastic" and "a phenom who will do something for children", and added "I am the number supporter of Pope Francis". South American Football Federation has pledged $10,000 for every goal and every penalty kick saved during the June 2015 Copa Amèrica.
    Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences Chancellor Monsignor Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo said that lack of education contributed to "reason we have wars", and said that the Pope involved athletes to reach out to children because "when athletes, who are a bit of a myth like Maradona, engage, it is a great help".
    The Monsignor added that politicians are participating as well.
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