Pope cheers San Lorenzo's Copa Libertadores win

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Pope Francis smiles as he meets the media during an airborne press conference on his journey back to Rome from Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. Pope Francis wrapped up his first trip to Asia on Monday by challenging Koreans - from the North and the South - to reject the "mindset of suspicion and confrontation" that cloud their relations and instead find new ways to forge peace on the war-divided peninsula. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis has cheered the victory of his beloved San Lorenzo soccer club in the Copa Libertadores, saying he was overjoyed with the victory but that it didn't constitute a miracle.

San Lorenzo defeated Paraguayan side Nacional 1-0 to win the title for the first time Wednesday. A team delegation is expected at Francis' general audience this week.

Francis was asked how he felt about the win, and the Argentine pontiff joked that anything was good news "as long as Brazil comes in second."

He recalled that his family members were lifelong fans of San Lorenzo: His mother went to games and his father played basketball for San Lorenzo's team.

Was a miracle behind the victory? "Miracle? No," Francis said. "I'm experiencing it with joy."