Catholic Pope Francis blesses UEFA officials ahead of Euro 2020

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Pope Francis met UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin at the Vatican on Thursday, a day before the European Championship begins in Rome. Italian football federation president Gabriele Gravina was also in attendance at the meeting in the Apostolic Library.

Pope Francis met with UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin and other soccer officials on Thursday to offer his blessings before the European Championship kicks off in Rome.

Euro 2020, which was postponed by a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, starts Friday with Italy playing Turkey at the Stadio Olimpico.

The Argentine-born Francis is an avid soccer fan and a noted supporter of Buenos Aires team San Lorenzo.

Italian soccer federation president Gabriele Gravina also took part in the meeting inside the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican.