.- The Third World Championship of Priests’ Soccer ended Wednesday in Sarajevo with the Poland beating out home team Croatia in a dramatic penalty kick finale.
The World Championship of Priests’ Soccer, which was held in 2005 in Austria and in 2006 in Croatia, was organized this year by the Archdiocese of Sarajevo and the Franciscan Order.
The championship began last Tuesday with teams competing from Austria, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Spain, Italy, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia and Poland. Cardinal Vinko Puljic, Archbishop of Sarajevo, thanked the organizers of the event and said, “In this way, too, priests communicate the message of the Gospel to all of society.”
The final game between Poland and the defending champions from Croatia, was a closely contested match which was ultimately decided by penalty kicks.