Pope Benedict rejoices with Iraqis over soccer victory

.- “Just as so many times I have cried with the Iraqi people, on this occasion I rejoiced with them,”, said a visibly moved Pope Benedict XVI at the end of his General Audience today.

Speaking in the Paul VI auditorium, the Pope made a point of referring to the victory of the Iraqi soccer team which won the Asia Cup tournament July 30th, spectacularly beating Saudi Arabia 1-0.  He said the news created a “popular explosion of joy” which spread throughout the country, and was a moment which “revealed the desire of the people to have a normal life of serenity”. 

“It is my hope,” he said, “that this event, with everyone's support, may contribute to a future in Iraq of real peace in liberty and mutual respect.  Congratulations!”

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