Agence France-PresseFebruary 18, 2014 15:33
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff said Tuesday that she plans to invite Pope Francis, an avid football fan, to attend the World Cup tournament that gets underway in June.
"I'm going to invite him to the World Cup," said Rousseff on the eve of her visit to Rome, where she is due to meet with the pontiff.
The football-besotted pope, 77, who is a native of neighboring Argentina, is still a member of the San Lorenzo club he used to watch as a child with his father.
Prior to becoming pope last year, Francis was Archbishop of Buenos Aires.