ROME, JULY 5, 2001 ( Rome´s soccer team will give John Paul II the first commemorative T-shirt marking its status as the Italian League´s new champions.

The T-shirt, with red and yellow stripes and the word "champion" painted in the colors of the Italian flag, has the Pope´s surname, Wojtyla, and the number 1 on the back.

Team president Franco Sensi explained that the number is because of the Pope´s position as goalkeeper when he was young. The players will give the Holy Father his gift after their vacation, Sensi added.


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