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Pope vs. Pope: World Cup Final Between Argentina And Germany Pits Francis Against Benedict XVI

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The FIFA World Cup final between Argentina and Germany could herald a rift in the Catholic church, pitting Argentine-born Pope Francis against German Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

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Pope Francis has almost surely been secretly rooting for Argentina, despite his pledge to keep his prayers neutral.

But Germany's unbelievable 7-1 rout of Brazil during yesterday's semi-final could make for an awkward final match for the Vatican's holiest football fans.

When Francis first met Benedict XVI in person after his election, he declared, "we are brothers," but family feuds have started over less.

Francis earlier joked of a "war" between him and his protectors, The Swiss Guards, during the Argentina-Switzerland match. But could we now see a holy war between two Popes?

No word from the Vatican as of press time, but fans are already speculating. The jury's out on Jesus, however.


Christinho
Looking forward to the most exciting pope vs. pope World Cup final since Italy v. France 1378

Eddie Toner
So its Pope Francis v Pope Benedict in the final. Talk about divine intervention👏

Daniel Burke
Ladies and germs, we have a Pope vs. Pope final. God is officially on the hot seat.

Hemant Mehta
Pope Bowl will commence on Sunday. Sounds about right.

Miguel Lizada
Holy War for the World Cup! Pope Benedict XVI vs Pope Francis with Christ the Redeemer looking on!

Professional Heckler
Battle of the Popes in the finals. Beware Germany. Your Pope quit before it was over. ⚽️

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