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Francis looks forward to San Lorenzo final: Today is a very special day

Pope Francis shows his football allegiances in the Vatican
San Lorenzo fanatic Pope Francis is just one of thousands of Cuervo supporters anxiously looking forward to today's Copa Libertadores final, and the Argentine pontiff hopes to celebrate as the club bid for their first-ever victory in the South American tournament.

"Today is a very special day," the Buenos Aires native marked in allusion to the second-leg in the Nuevo Gasometro against Paraguay's Nacional, according to Vatican Protocol official Guillermo Karcher.

Francis, a lifelong member of San Lorenzo, will be flying to South Korea when Edgardo Bauza's men kick off this evening. "I hope that when I arrive I receive some good news," he told Karcher, who later relayed the conversation to reporters.

Faith and hope were common themes for San Lorenzo fans in the hours leading up to the final. The team's fortunes have 'miraculously' improved since Jorge Bergoglio moved into the Vatican's top seat in March 2013, and the Cuervo hope that their great run which led to the Inicial title last year can continue with victory in the Libertadores.

"Two years ago we were playing a relegation play-off with Instituto and now we are at the peak of America," club president Matías Lammens remarked.

"As fans and directors we dreamed, but we did not think that two years after taking over we would be playing the final of the Copa Libertadores."
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