(Crux) Super Bowl Sunday is almost as well known for its glitzy new television commercials as for the fact that a football game is played in between. Those brief videos often generate as much buzz as whoever happens to prevail on the field.
This year even Pope Francis is getting in on the act, releasing his own video message for Super Bowl Sunday.
“Great sporting events like today’s Super Bowl are highly symbolic, showing that it is possible to build a culture of encounter and a world of peace,” the pontiff said, in a text of the video released by the Vatican Sunday afternoon Rome time.
“By participating in sport, we are able to go beyond our own self-interest – and in a healthy way – we learn to sacrifice, to grow in fidelity and respect the rules,” he said, speaking in his native Spanish.
“May this year’s Super Bowl be a sign of peace, friendship and solidarity for the world,” Francis said. [More]