The Croatian football team’s private audience with Pope Francis set to take place tomorrow at the Vatican has been cancelled.
This would have been the first time that the Croatian national team has had a private audience with a Pope.
Due to His Holiness, Pope Francis, having a sudden operation, there will be no private audience for the Croatian national team in the Vatican this Friday, HNS confirmed in a statement.
Pope Francis had an operation to repair a hernia in his abdominal wall on Wednesday. After a three-hour surgery, during which the 86-year-old Pope was placed under general anesthesia, the Vatican confirmed that there were no complications.
Zlatko Dalić, Luka Modrić and the rest of the Croatian squad where scheduled to fly from Rijeka, where the squad is currently based as they prepare for the UEFA Nations League Finals, to Rome on Friday morning and have private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican before flying back to Rijeka later that day.
Croatia faces the Netherlands in the semi-final of the UEFA Nations League on 14 June in Rotterdam. Spain face Italy in the second semi-final with the final and 3rd-4th playoff being played on 18 June.