Soccer-Loving Pope Francis Gets a New Toy: a Foosball Table

Pope Francis has received dozens of soccer jerseys and game balls during his eight-year pontificate but he got a new football-themed toy: his very own foosball table.

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Pope Francis plays with Natale Tonini, president of Sport Toscana Calcio Balilla association, at the end of the weekly general audience, Wednesday, Aug.18. 2021. Francis played a round on the table that was presented to him by representatives of a the association, that created a special Foosball table designed to be inclusive, for people with physical disabilities, to encourage their participation in sport. (Vatican Media via AP)
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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has received dozens of soccer jerseys and game balls during his eight-year pontificate but he got a new football-themed toy on Wednesday: his very own foosball table. Francis played a round on the table that was presented to him at the end of his general audience by representatives of a Tuscany-based table football association, Sport Toscana Calcio Balilla in Altopascio. The mayor of Altopascio, Sara D’Ambrosio, wrote on Facebook…

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