Saturday 20 January 2018

Chapecoense crash survivors received by Pope Francis

Pope Francis poses with members of the Brazilian Chapecoense team. (AP)
Pope Francis poses with members of the Brazilian Chapecoense team. (AP)

Members of the Brazilian football team that was devastated by a plane crash in the mountains of Colombia last year have met with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

Pope Francis gave Chapecoense a special welcome in his remarks and posed for pictures with the team at the end of his weekly general audience on Wednesday.

When the team's flight went down in Colombia in November, all but six of the 77 players, officials and journalists on board were killed.

Three players survived the crash and two of them, Jackson Follmann and Alan Ruschel, were among those at the Vatican.

Mr Follmann had part of his right leg amputated from injuries in the crash.

Chapecoense faces Roma in a charity match at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday to raise funds for the team.

AP

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