‘After being far from the Church, I am proud of returning to it after God took my mother,’ footballer says

Inter-religious Match for Peace expected to feautre Roberto Baggio, Zinedine Zidane and Lionel Messi

Andrea Pirlo, Javier Zanetti and Gianluigi Buffon will also play in ‘inter-religious match for peace’

Bishops also criticise organisers for removing communities to build stadiums

Christ the Redeemer statue shown in an Italian football shirt in advert on Rai

In 1907 the seminarians of the Royal English College at Valladolid thrashed the mighty Real Madrid

Football legend says he would like to meet the Pontiff

Pontiff has breakfast with group of homeless people on the morning of his 77th birthday

Lionel Messi hails “one of the most special days of my life”

Lionel Messi leads delegation ahead of friendly match