Pope v. pope: World Cup grudge match Admin Friday, July 11, 2014 It’s Argentina (Pope Francis) v. Germany (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI) in the final of the international futbol championship. Word is the two popes will watch the game separately. © 2023 The Catholic Thing. All rights reserved. For reprint rights, write to: [email protected] The Catholic Thing is a forum for intelligent Catholic commentary. Opinions expressed by writers are solely their own.