Argentine football has not been immune to the joy sparked by the appointment of Pope Francis; His Holiness Francis is a fan and an active member of football club San Lorenzo de Almagro [es], known in Argentina as the “crows” or the “cyclone.”
Definitivamente el apodo no es casual. Cuervos, uno de los modos de referirse a San Lorenzo de Almagro, no viene del ave sino de la manera popular de referirse a los sacerdotes de la Iglesia Católica, cubiertos totalmente con las sotanas negras. También por eso, aunque está en desuso, al club porteño se lo conoce como “Los Santos”.
The institution also sent Pope Francis a letter of congratulation [es].
Furthermore, during a match played on March 16, where San Lorenzo de Almagro faced Colon de Santa Fe [es], San Lorenzo players wore a shirt commemorating Pope Francis.Before the game against Colón de Santa Fe, the Twitter account El Papa es Cuervo (@ivannacasla, the Pope is a crow) [es] wrote:
@Ivannacasla: A ver el partido a lo de cris, vamos san lorenzo, dios y el papa nos ayudan!
On the other hand, Anto Gaitan (@Ggaitan_anto) [es], fan of Boca Juniors [es], pointed to the few tournaments won by San Lorenzo. She also referred to the common practice of drawing a star on the shield of football shirts for each cup the team has won:
San Lorenzo won the match against Colón de Santa Fe by 1 to 0 and with one player less. The club's fans, like @Mrrjoness [es], shared their happiness:
And Ale Tati (@aletati2007) [es] wrote:
Hector Pappa (@hectorPappa) [es] tweeted that there's a party at the Vatican, and Felipe CQ (@FelCul) [es] said that Pope Francis scored the only goal at the game. According to Diego Mendoza (@diegol_77) [es], San Lorenzo's victory is Pope Francis’ first miracle.