Since his papal inauguration in March 2013, Pope Francis has been commended and resented for his "progressive" approach, which contrast from the teachings of his predecessor, Pope Benedict. The Vatican City has experienced a very critical and possibly groundbreaking first year under Pope Francis.
Part of this has been their use of Twitter. On Tuesday, before Pope Francis' birth nation of Argentina kicked off with Switzerland in the World Cup Round of 16, the verified account VaticanCommunication (@PCCS_VA) tweeted this:
— VaticanCommunication (@PCCS_VA) July 1, 2014
The tweet features Swiss fans drinking and enjoying the match on television. The Swiss Guard serves as the pope's protectors.
Meanwhile, Pope Francis shows distaste in the background, standing under a cross, with a blue and white scarf to represent Argentina.
The cartoon can get a chuckle out of most modern Catholics. The drinking nearly crosses a line, but hey, the Church is progressive, remember?
And Pope Francis reportedly had a good sense of humor about the match, telling the Swiss Guard that "it will be war!"
VaticanCommunication has more than 96,000 followers and the account had about 6,700 retweets at 3 p.m. ET.
Pope Francis' Argentina won the actual game, 1-0, on a goal from Angel Di Maria.
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