Argentine club named for Pope Francis opens play



LUJAN, Argentina — A new Argentine soccer team named after Pope Francis and meant to promote nonviolence has played it first official match in a regional league — a 2-2 draw that saw four players sent off.

The Papa Francisco team was founded by Jorge Ramirez, an admirer of the pope. It has 47 members and was set up in meetings at Ramirez’s house, located 20 kilometers south of Buenos Aires, shortly after the archbishop of the city, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, was named pope.

Pope Francis is an avid soccer fan and a supporter of Buenos Aires club San Lorenzo. He has no official connection to the Papa Francisco club.