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2024 Olympics at vatican?

VATICAN CITY * Major sporting events could be held at the Vatican if Rome wins its bid to host the Summer Olympics in 2024. Pope Francis, a keen soccer fan, is reported to be enthusiastic about the idea. He met the head of Italy's National Olympic Committee, Giovanni Malago, and other officials at the Vatican on Dec. 19 after a Mass to commemorate the committee's 100th anniversary.

Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins. former head of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, said he believed Francis would back plans to hold events such as archery in the Vatican gardens.

Msgr. Sanchez de Toca y Alameda, undersecretary of the Pontifical Council of Culture, said the Vatican's sports and culture officials had enthusiastic discussions about the Olympic bid with members of the Italian Olympic Committee, but he stressed that no commitments have been made at this stage.

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Title Annotation:WORLD BRIEFS
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4EXVA
Date:Jan 2, 2015
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