Celebrity News: The pontiff blessed players and relatives of the victims who lost their lives last year. The visit of the Brazilian team was moving.
Pope Francisco greeted Wednesday the staff and leaders of the Brazilian football team Chapecoense, who in November last year suffered a plane crash, following the general audience held in St. Peter’s Square.
Francisco greeted at the end of the hearing to the new team and also some family members of the leaders and footballers who died in the accident and blessed some photos that they carried.
The delegation of the team made up of about 80 people, gave the pontiff a football with the colors of the club, white and green, and then posed with Francisco for a souvenir photo.
Last year, the Brazilian team leaders visited Jorge Bergoglio and handed him a club shirt with the number 71, the number of those killed in the aerial tragedy, when they went to play the first South American Cup final against National Athletic.
The Brazilian team is in the Italian capital to play a friendly match with Roma, whose proceeds will go to charities in Brazil.
The Brazilian team Chapecoense, who suffered a plane crash last year when the entire team and some journalists headed to Medellin to play in the Copa Sudamericana final.
The plane that transported the equipment for an international competition party crashed in the environs of Medellín in November. All but six of the 77 players, managers and journalists on board died.
Three footballers survived the accident and two of them, Jackson Follmann and Alan Ruschel, attended the Vatican act.