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#PauseForPeace - Vatican calls for ceasefire for World Cup final

The Vatican on Friday called for a truce in wars around the globe during Sunday’s World Cup final, taking to social media with the hashtag #pauseforpeace as a conflict in the Gaza Strip escalates and killings continue in Ukraine.

"Adherents are asking for a moment of silence around the Sunday, July 13 match to remember those stricken by wars and unrest worldwide," the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture said in a statement.

The statement said that some people were asking for a moment of silence at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro itself, although there has been no official announcement on this from FIFA.

Melchor Sanchez de Toca y Alameda, undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, said: "Sports were born around religious festivities. Sporting events were moments of peace, when wars ceased, as for the Olympic truce."

Twitter user Lauren Cater posted this #pauseforpeace photo online with the caption: " Join me with the @VaticanCultura to #PAUSEforPeace on Sunday before the @FIFAWorldCup!"
PHOTO: Twitter / Lauren Cater

The face-off in Rio will be between football-mad Pope Francis’s native Argentina and Germany – the homeland of his predecessor Benedict XVI.

The Vatican has played down the prospect of the two popes settling down to watch the match – Benedict XVI is known more for his love of theology and piano music – but has said Francis might follow it. 

Source: AFP