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Shout for God as much as soccer goals says pope

'Come out of your shell,' says Buenos Aires team fan

28 January, 13:02
Shout for God as much as soccer goals says pope (ANSA) - Vatican City, January 28 - The faithful should sing God's praises as much as they celebrate strikers scoring goals, soccer-loving Pope Francis said Tuesday.

"Well, you're able to shout when your team scores a goal, and you are not able to sing praises to the Lord? To come out of your shell ever so slightly to sing His praise?," said the pope, who is a card-carrying supporter of hometown Buenos Aires club San Lorenzo. "Praising God is completely gratis. We do not ask Him to give us anything: we do not express gratitude for anything He has given; we praise Him!", Francis told a Mass at St Martha's House, the Vatican residence he has chosen to live in rather then the plush papal apartments used by his predecessors.

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