Santiago (Agenzia Fides) - "The joy and happiness of the people of Chile is the joy and hope of the Church. We are very pleased, and we thank God for this moment", said the spokesman of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Chile, Jaime Coiro, in a note sent to Fides released at the end of the football match in which Chile defeated Spain, allowing them to continue the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014. The Bishop of the diocese of Melipilla, His Exc. Mgr. Cristián Contreras Villarroel, described the match as "a historic evening".
Testimonies of this kind, and many others, can be read in the special section of the website of the Chilean Episcopal Conference on the World Cup. The web, prepared with a very impressive graphic, offers several Catholic aid in this regard: the prayer "for the World Cup", the video message on behalf of Pope Francis, the testimonies of the Chilean Bishops, documents on the Church and Sport and much more. The section is entitled: "Here we are Lord, in the World Cup". (CE) (Agenzia Fides 20/06/2014)