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Pope cheers beloved San Lorenzo's win in Copa Libertadores - but says it wasn't a miracle

In this Aug. 13, 2014 photo, Walter Kannemann of Argentina's San Lorenzo, center, lifts the trophy after San Lorenzo won the 2014 Copa Libertadores championship against Paraguay's Nacional during the Copa Libertadores final soccer match in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Argentine team, Pope Francis' favorite, defeated Nacional 2-1 on aggregate to win the title for the first time. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

Pope Francis has cheered the victory of his beloved San Lorenzo soccer club in the Copa Libertadores, saying he was overjoyed with the victory but that it didn’t constitute a miracle.

San Lorenzo defeated Paraguayan side Nacional 1-0 to win the title for the first time Wednesday. A team delegation is expected at Francis’ general audience this week.

Francis was asked how he felt about the win, and the Argentine pontiff joked that anything was good news “as long as Brazil comes in second.”

He recalled that his family members were lifelong fans of San Lorenzo: His mother went to games and his father played basketball for San Lorenzo’s team.

Was a miracle behind the victory? “Miracle? No,” Francis said. “I’m experiencing it with joy.”