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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Look out, Lady Gaga. The pope is joining the Super Bowl frenzy.

Pope Francis has recorded a video message that will be shown during Sunday’s Super Bowl game between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons.

In the video, which the director of the Vatican Press Office posted on Twitter on Sunday morning, the Pope says that sporting events like the Super Bowl are “highly symbolic” and demonstrate that it is possible to build a world of peace.

“May this year’s Super Bowl be a sign of peace, friendship, and solidarity to the world,” Pope Francis says in the message.

https://youtu.be/FykL8V7WtAQ

A Vatican spokesman says the message is expected to be played on the screen at NRG Stadium in Houston either before the game or during the first quarter.

Francis is an avid sports fan who often speaks of how sports can bring about social change. He has previously taken to Twitter for the Olympics and soccer’s World Cup. This is his first Super Bowl message.


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