World cup finals inside the Vatican

world cupAfter an incredible conquest of 7-1 over the highly touted Brazilian football (soccer) team in the first semi-final game, Germany will now play Argentina, which defeated Netherlands, 4-2, in the second semi-final match penalty shoot-out, in the 2014 FIFA World Cup final.

Coincidentally, two of the world’s avid football fanatics are found inside the Vatican.

Mind you, they are not ordinary people. They are leaders of the 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide.

Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger, better known as Benedict XVI, but now officially titled Pope Emeritus, after his forced retirement, is from Germany, and his successor, the affable Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who took the name Francis, is from Argentina.

Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI praying for their teams?

Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI praying for their teams?

And so, are we seeing the battle of the popes inside the Vatican, too?

You bet, and it is all lip service!

You may call it, perhaps, a battle of prayers or battle of masses, if you may, as the two opposing popes are probably asking for divine intervention when their respective teams play on Sunday, July 13th.

Pope vs Pope.

Ratzinger vs Bergoglio.

Germany vs Argentina.

The world is on tenterhooks!

We will see whom the Referee up there lent His ear more to.

Surely, whatever the result is, it is going to be a win-win situation for both popes.

But on the field is another story. There will always be the ecstasy of a win and the agony of defeat.

Good luck to both Germany and Argentina!

May the best team wins.

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