Vatican latest – Pope Francis welcomes Celtic Football Club

Pope Francis called a summit meeting with his first team and their manager Brendan Rodgers this morning after Celtic crashed out of Europe before Christmas yet again.

Unhappy like the rest of the Celtic support,  the Holy Father perhaps talked about his dismay at the summer transfer window and asked why Celtic was happy to sign projects that are obviously nowhere near the level required for Champions League football? Okay, maybe not but that’s what should have happened!

Celtic fans in Rome in 2019

Here’s what did actually happen and it’s pretty special, especially for the Roman Catholics within the Celtic party that today visited the Vatican to be received by Pope Francis himself…YNWA!

VATICAN: Pope Francis welcomes Celtic Football Club from Glasgow at the Vatican today, and spoke about the ‘valued legacy’ of Celtic and how it was originally established to help fight poverty.

“I pray that you will continue to remember and bear witness to everything that makes sport genuinely good and noble. May Almighty God bless each of you and your families. I wish you a safe journey home to Scotland.”

“While it is true that winning rather than losing a match is always preferred, it is not the most important aspect! More vital is the example you give when winning or losing, both on and off the field. An example that embodies the virtues of courage, perseverance, generosity and respect for the God-given dignity of others.

“Indeed, Celtic Football Club was founded in 1887 with the specific goal of alleviating poverty in the City of Glasgow. This was truly a charitable undertaking for the sake of the most needy of our brothers and sisters. Yet, how much the world of football has changed since then.  In particular, the financial footprint of the ‘Beautiful Game’ has greatly increased, and at times can risk making football only attractive for reasons of monetary profit.

“With these brief remarks, I pray that you will continue to remember and bear witness to everything that makes sport genuinely good and noble. May Almighty God bless each of you and your families. I wish you a safe journey home to Scotland, and ask you, please, to pray for me!”

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

1 Comment

  1. A great honour for Celtic to meet his Holiness Pope Francis . An honour and privilege even greater than winning the European Cup . The directors , staff and players will cherish this event to their dying days .
    Viva Celtic and Viva Papa .