Pope 03 Dec 2011 ... Brazilian legend and devout Catholic, Socrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Sousa Vieira de Oliveira, one of the greatest footballers ever known to man. He is currently lying unconscious in a Jewish hospital in Sao Paolo. They will be sticking pins in him as I write. Let us bow our heads and pray for him: Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.