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Pope Francis To Have Argentina Soccer Club San Lorenzo's New Stadium Named In His Honor

A banner with the image of Pope Francis hangs from a stand of  Pedro Bidegain stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on August 1
A banner with the image of Pope Francis hangs from a stand of Pedro Bidegain stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on August 13, 2014 during the Copa Libertadores 2014 second leg football final between Argentina's San Lorenzo and Paraguay's Nacional. AFP PHOTO / Juan Mabromata (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Argentine club San Lorenzo will name its new stadium after its most famous fan: Pope Francis.

San Lorenzo announced the decision Wednesday on its official Twitter account. The new stadium will be built on land seized from the club during the 1976-1983 military dictatorship.

Argentine-born Francis has long followed the Saints of San Lorenzo, one of the oldest teams in the Argentine Football Association. Some joke that the Pope has been intervening, and the club has been getting some help from above.

Since he became Pope in March 2013, San Lorenzo has won a local title as well as the South American Copa Libertadores club competition for the first time in its history. Club officials have traveled twice to The Vatican carrying the trophies to thank the Pope.

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