Sunderland fans have been hoping for some divine inspiration after Pope Francis was pictured posing with their club's shirt.
Pope Francis has welcomed the Italian and Argentine football teams to the Vatican ahead of Wednesday's friendly between the sides.
Pope Francis said that gay people should not be judged or marginalised and should be integrated into society.
Pope Francis drew an estimated two million Catholic faithful to Rio's Copacabana Beach for the final evening of World Youth Day, hours after he chastised the Brazilian church for failing to stem the "exodus" of Catholics to evangelical congregations.
In the longest and most important speech of his four-month pontificate, Pope Francis said: "At times we lose people because they don't understand what we are saying, because we have forgotten the language of simplicity and import an intellectualism foreign to our people.
"Without the grammar of simplicity, the Church loses the very conditions which make it possible to fish for God in the deep waters of his mystery", he added.
Pope Francis celebrated Mass in Rio de Janeiro's San Sebastian Cathedral on his last full day in the country before he returns to Rome.
He challenged the Catholic clergy around the world to get out of their churches and preach, and go to the farthest reaches of society to find the faithful.
"A bishop, a priest, consecrated people, a seminarian cannot be forgetful", the pontiff said.
Pope Francis braved the elements to deliver a speech during the Catholic Church's World Day of Youth at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro.
Pope Francis is on the fourth day of his week-long visit for World Youth Day which has seen regular downpours.
The non-stop rain forced the Vatican to relocate a Mass that Pope Francis will celebrate on Sunday from a rural countryside west of Rio de Janeiro to Copacabana beach when the fields turned to mud.
Pope Francis is presiding at the World Youth Day opening on Copacabana beach, he was driven slowly through a huge adoring crowd, stopping to kiss babies and even to give his white skullcap to someone who had sewn a home-made one for him and ran to the car to hand it to him.
Pope Francis brought his message of hope to one of Rio de Janeiro's shantytowns today, on the fourth day of his trip to Brazil.
He said it was time for the rich of the world to do more to end the inequalities between the have and have-nots.
Later, thousands gathered on Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach ahead of the Pope's arrival.
ITV News' Brazil Correspondent Nick Ravenscroft reports.
Pope Francis was greeted by massive crowds as he arrived in an open-sided Popemobile for a welcoming ceremony on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro.
Thousands of Catholic pilgrims have gathered on Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach ahead of Pope Francis' arrival.
The Pope will preside over a welcoming ceremony for World Youth Day.
Pope Francis received a rapturous welcome as he visited one of Rio de Janeiro's shantytowns, or favelas, to bring a message of hope.
Despite heavy security and rain, Pope Francis waded into the cheering crowds, hugging and kissing residents, before blessing the altar of the church that serves the Varginha community.
The Pope then prayed before a replica of Brazil's patron saint, the Virgin of Aparecida.
His open-air car was mobbed on a few occasions as he headed into the neighbourhood and as he left.
Pope Francis has blessed the Olympic and Paralympic flags in a ceremony at Rio de Janeiro's City Palace ahead of the 2016 Summer Games.
From the balcony of the building, he blessed the Olympic and Paralympic flags with holy water and imparted a blessing on those who gathered to watch.
Welcomed by the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, the Pope received the key to the City of Rio during the ceremony.
He was also presented with a green Brazilian Olympic shirt with the words "Papa Francisco" by Brazilian Olympic Committee President Carlos Nuzman.