Parma, 26 January 2022 – Parma Calcio 1913 at the Vatican. It was an emotional and constructive morning for the Gialloblù delegation, who, alongside Lega B President Mauro Balata and all the other clubs in Serie B, listened to the words of His Holiness Pope Francis.

Representing Parma were Sporting Director Mauro Pederzoli, Team Manager Alessio Cracolici, Financial Controller Alessandro Pettinà and Commercial Manager Mattia Incannella. We feel honoured to have spent an enriching day on a spiritual and emotional level with the Holy Father; it brings us great pride to have experienced this intense moment of prayer. We’d like to thank the Lega B, President Mauro Balata and all of those who made this event possible,” said our Club’s delegation.

The address took place in the Paul VI Audience Hall, after which Lega B President Balata donated a Lega BKT ball and an image of the Virgin Mary with the Holy Father’s blessing to those present and their families. Our delegation presented His Holiness Pope Francis with two official first-team shirts, one of which was dedicated to him and personalised with his name (Francesco) and the number 1. The second was a Gigi Buffon jersey.