Francis' reaction to the creators of the
above commercial when meeting them
at a general audience.
Francis' remarks translated into English for those who don't understand Spanish were,
"It is the best. It is the best! It charmed me!
And please, never lose your sense of humor."
Francis video message for the 2014 World Cup
It is with great joy that I address you all, football fans, at the start of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. I would like to send warm greetings to the organizers and participants; to every athlete and fan, as well as all the spectators that are watching at the stadium or through television, radio and the internet, participating in this event that exceeds the boundaries of language, culture and national.
My hope is that, in addition to a celebration of sport, this World Cup can be transformed into a festival of solidarity between peoples. This assumes, however, that football matches are considered for what are essentially a game and at the same time an opportunity for dialogue, understanding and mutual human enrichment. Sport is not only a form of entertainment, but also - and above all I would say - a tool to communicate the values that promote the good of the human person and help to build a more peaceful and fraternal world. We think of loyalty, perseverance, friendship, sharing and solidarity. In fact, football raises many values and attitudes that have proved important not only on the field but also in all aspects of life, more specifically in the construction of peace. Sport is a school of peace, it teaches us to build peace.
In this sense. I would like to highlight three lessons of sport, three attitudes essential to the cause of peace: (1) the need to train, (2) fair play and (3) respect between opponents. Firstly, the sport teaches us that to win you have to train. We can see, in this sport, a metaphor for our lives. In life it is necessary to fight, to train, to strive to achieve significant results. The sporting spirit reminds us, in this way, an image of the sacrifices necessary to grow in the virtues that build the character of a person. If it is necessary to improve a person an intense training and continuous, with more commitment will be invested to get to the meeting and to have peace between individuals and peoples improved! It is necessary to train a lot ...
Football can and should be a school for the formation of a "culture of encounter", leading harmony and peace among peoples. And here we find solace in a second lesson of sport: we learn what the fair play is in football can teach us. To play as a team we have to think, firstly, of the good of the group, not for about ourselves. To win, you have to overcome individualism, selfishness, all forms of racism, intolerance and the exploitation of human beings. So being "individualistic" in football is an obstacle to the success of the team; but if we are "individualistic" in life, ignoring the people around us, we injure society as a whole.
The final useful lesson of sport is to achieve peace is our duty and to respect the opponent. The secret of victory on the field, and in life, is knowing how to respect a teammate, as well as the opponent. No one wins alone, or in the field, and in life! No one is isolated or feel left out! And if it is true that at the end of this World Cup, only one national team will lift the cup winner, learning the lessons taught sport, we will all be winners, strengthening the ties that bind us.
Dear friends, thank you for the opportunity of being able to direct these words to you, in particular, I thank Her Excellency the President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, who I salute and assure you of my prayers for heavenly blessings will abound upon you all. That this World Cup could be held in all serenity and tranquility, always based on mutual respect, solidarity and brotherhood among men and women who identify themselves as members of one family. Thank you!
Not one mention of Christ or anything Catholic instead Francis blathers on and on about masonic ideals and the modernist themes of the New Evangelization.