Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Pope Francis
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Sporting schism inside Vatican

With Germany playing Argentina in the World Cup final, the current Pope Francis and his predecessor Benedict are on different sides - as their native countries play each other.

Football fans around the globe are deciding whether they will support Germany or Argentina in Sunday's World Cup final.

There is even potential for division behind the ancient walls of the Vatican.

For the first time in several centuries the Holy See is home to two Popes - the current one, Francis, and his predecessor, Benedict, who resigned last year.

And it just so happens that Francis is Argentinian, and Benedict is German.

The BBC's Rome correspondent, Alan Johnston reports.

  • 13 Jul
  • From the section Europe