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COLOGNE, Germany — Churches across Germany are encouraging soccer fans to swap their barstools and pints for a pew and a prayer, hiring big screens to broadcast World Cup games to their congregations.

The process of inquiry as to whether I would do this would go as follows:

Minister: “Come watch this football game in my church”

Me: “Can I drink a beer while praying for victory?”

Minister: “Well, um… No… But you can pray…

Me: <Walks off in direction of nearest bar>

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