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Pope Francis Pays San Lorenzo Football Club Dues Religiously (PHOTOS)

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Pope Francis holds a scarf of Argentine football team San Lorenzo of which he is a fan, during his visit to the Sao Jeromino Emiliani church at the Varginha favela in Rio de Janeiro, on July 25, 2013. The Varginha favela is a community of 1,000 people which for decades was under the sway of narco-traffickers until it came under police control less than a year ago. The first Latin American and Jesuit pontiff arrived in Brazil mainly for the huge five-day Catholic gathering World Youth Day. AFP P | Getty

(Reuters) - Pope Francis, a card-carrying fan of the San Lorenzo football club in his native Buenos Aires, is not letting his new global responsibilities distract him from paying his club dues on time, the team's vice president, Marcelo Tinelli, said on Monday.

"His payment is there, bang on time, every month. He pays his dues religiously," Tinelli told Fox Sports in a televised interview. "It's paid through an automatic debit."

Jorge Mario Bergoglio, a former archbishop of Buenos Aires who took the name Francis when he was elected pope in March, was known for his modest lifestyle when he lived in Argentina.

He often talked soccer with his fellow commuters while riding the bus to work as archbishop, celebrating San Lorenzo's wins, and lamenting their losses.

Club Atletico San Lorenzo de Almagro, founded in 1908 by a priest named Lorenzo Massa, is an "A" league team whose stadium is in Bajo Flores, one of the city's poorest neighborhoods. The team won its first game of the 2013 season over the weekend, when it beat Olimpo 2-1.

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