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Vatican seminarians to play football against French team

A French team will be in Rome for a pilgrimage to meet the Pope and try their luck against a group of seminarians.

A French team that brings together former professional footballers, The Variétés Club de France, will travel to Rome from March 21 to 23, 2023, on a “pilgrimage,” says team manager Jacques Vendroux. A Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, a meeting with Pope Francis, and a match against a team of priests and seminarians are on the program.

“After these three days, we will leave Rome forgiven of our sins,” says a smiling Jacques Vendroux, a famous sports journalist and head of the VCF team since 1971.

Fourteen years after challenging a team of Swiss Guards in Rome and attending an audience with Benedict XVI, the players of this unusual club return to the Eternal City to face a team of Roman seminarians and priests named Fratelli tutti – All Brothers – after Pope Francis’ latest encyclical.

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Photo: Instagram/Variétés Club de France

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