The news of Burnley’s promotion to the Premier League has reached Vatican City and the ears of no less a figure than Pope Francis.
Clarets-supporting Cardinal Wilfrid Fox-Napier, of Durban, South Africa, tweeted that he would tell the Pontiff about the club’s achievement on his visit to St Peter’s this week.
The Archbishop of Durban, South Africa, tweeted: “En route for Rome and Ad Limina visit which will include meetings with Pope Francis. Will have to tell him about BURNLEY’S great achievement!!”
Cardinal Napier, part of the conclave of cardinal-electors who chose Pope Francis in March last year, followed his tweet up with another saying: “Who knows? With Pope Francis’s influence Burnley might surprise even the “big boys”! Can’t wait for next season!!!!”
The respected churchman regularly emails the Burnley Express to pass on his congratulations to the club following notable victories, and took to Twitter immediately after Burnley’s 2-0 victory over Wigan on Monday to sing their praises.
He wrote: “Congratulations Burnley! Once again you’ve gained the prize by dint of hard work and dedication, not a big bank balance. God bless you all!”
And football-fan Pope Francis was no doubt interested to learn of Burnley’s success. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Pope Francis is a lifelong supporter of his hometown team Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro