Agence France-PresseNovember 22, 2013 11:17
Football-mad Pope Francis is also a fan of the rugby scrum: the pontiff joked with Italian and Argentine players and met the heads of FIFA and the IOC on Friday as the Vatican builds new ties with the sporting world.
After the players presented a grinning pontiff with their jerseys, he said the game was a metaphor for life.
"Playing rugby is hard, it's no walk in the park! And I think that makes it useful to toughen the spirit, the will," he said, praising its "loyalty and respect".