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Argentine football club in heaven as fan becomes pope
球迷變教宗 阿根廷足球隊樂不可支

Pope Francis waves at the public at St. Peter’s Square in Vatican on April 10.
教宗方濟四月十日在梵蒂岡梵聖彼得廣場,向民眾揮手。

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照片:歐新社

Fans of San Lorenzo, one of Argentina’s most popular football clubs, are in heaven: one of their own just became pope, a feather in the cap for a team founded by a priest.

“The new pope, from San Lorenzo, is more important even than Diego Maradona or [tango singer] Carlos Gardel,” enthused Marcelo Ladelfa, invoking the most Argentinian of superlatives.

The 45-year-old worker admitted he was bowled over by the cardinal Jorge Bergoglio’s election as leader of the 1.2-billion-strong Catholic Church.

A longtime San Lorenzo fan who lived near the club, Bergoglio is now Pope Francis and, said Ladelfa, “the most illustrious person in the history of Argentina.”

The pope is member number 88.235N of the San Lorenzo club, a first division team also known as the Cyclones or the Saints of Boedo.

He was born in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Boedo, where the club was historically headquartered, and grew up in the nearby Flores neighborhood, where it later moved.

The club’s religious links go way back. It was founded in 1908 by a parish priest, Lorenzo Massa, with the aim of getting young boys off the streets and educating them through sports. To this day, San Lorenzo fans are known as “Crows,” after the black cassock of the club’s founding priest.

(AFP)

阿根廷最受歡迎的足球隊—聖羅倫佐隊—球迷現在全都樂翻天了,因為他們其中一人剛剛獲選為教宗,這也是這支由天主教士所創立球隊的另一項傲人成就。

「來自聖羅倫佐的新教宗要比迪亞哥.馬拉度納或探戈歌手卡洛斯.葛戴爾更重要,」馬賽羅.拉戴法興奮地說,他引用的全是阿根廷最具代表性的最高級讚美詞。

這名四十五歲的工人坦承,他聽到豪爾赫.伯格里奧主教獲選為領導全球十二億天主教徒的教宗時,大吃一驚。

伯格里奧這位球迷,家就在聖羅倫佐球場附近,而他現已成為教宗方濟;拉戴法說:「他是阿根廷歷史上最傑出的人。」

教宗的聖羅倫佐足球俱樂部會員號碼是88.235N,這支屬於阿根廷甲級聯賽的足球隊又被稱為「旋風」或「伯多的聖人」。

教宗出生於布宜諾斯艾利斯的伯多區,聖羅倫佐隊的總部過去一直設立於此;他隨後在鄰近的佛羅雷斯區長大,而聖羅倫佐隊後來也把主場球場遷至此區。

這支球隊與宗教的關係深遠。球隊於一九○八年由教區教士羅倫佐.馬薩所創立,目的是要讓年輕男孩遠離街頭,透過運動來教育他們。直到今天,聖羅倫佐隊的球迷還是被稱為「烏鴉」,指的是球隊創始教士們所穿的黑色長衣。

(法新社/翻譯:俞智敏)

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