Pope Francis is gifted a personalised Argentina football shirt
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Pope meets Italy and Argentina football teams

13 August 2013 Last updated at 16:53 BST

One of the world's most famous football fans has had a private audience with the Argentine and Italian football teams, as Pope Francis hosted them in the Apostolic Palace.

Prior to becoming Pope, he was a long-time supporter of the Saints of San Lorenzo in Buenos Aires, with membership of the association that owns the team.

His meeting with the national teams comes ahead of a rare friendly match between the two in Rome on Wednesday.