World Cup Fever: Vatican Edition

With Germany and Argentina headed to the the World Cup Final on Sunday, things might be a little tense around Vatican City for the next several days:

Popes World Cup

There’s been some suggestion that neither Francis nor Benedict will be watching the game since it starts around 10pm Rome time on Sunday. Perhaps, but when one of you is Pope and the other one is the retired Pope who’s going to tell you that you can’t stay up late if you want to?

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. John Peabody says:

    I’d be happy to grant an indulgence, for the right charitable contribution. I’ll declare it tax-free as a religious right (JUST like Hobby Lobby!!!!!!!) (sarcasm).

  2. Tillman says:

    I wonder where are the news orgs claiming that whoever wins this game will somehow symbolically boost the career of the former pope or current pope?