Pope Francis Calls For World Peace In A Message That Will Air During Super Bowl LI

Pope Francis released a video statement ahead of Super Bowl 51 calling for the game to show peace and solidarity for the world.

It is the first time the Pope has spoken particularly about the American sporting event:

“Great sporting events like today’s Super Bowl are highly symbolic, showing that it is possible to build a culture of encounter and a world of peace,” the pontiff said in Spanish. “By participating in sport, we are able to go beyond our own self-interest – and in a healthy way – we learn to sacrifice, to grow in fidelity and respect the rules.”

“May this year’s Super Bowl be a sign of peace, friendship and solidarity for the world.”

Great message by The Pope, but I was kind of hoping he would predict a winner.