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Argentine pope consoles Brazil after soccer World Cup exit

AP  |  Vatican City 

Pope is trying to up Brazilian fans after the team's quarterfinal exit from

The pope, an Argentine and an avid fan, noted a preponderance of Brazilian flags on display in St. during his traditional Sunday blessing.

He told the crowd: "I see a lot of Brazilian flags: Have courage! There'll be a next time." The five-time world champions left empty handed after losing to in the quarterfinals, leaving only European teams contending for the title in

often meets with visiting national teams, has a collection of gifted jerseys and frequently promotes the value of particularly for young people. was eliminated from contention in the first of the knockout rounds.

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First Published: Sun, July 08 2018. 20:25 IST