The Vatican has banned the use of the vest worn by all members of the Catholic Church on the sideline during matches.
The decision came after Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Vatican’s top cleric, asked a panel of judges to make the recommendation.
It was made public in a new document submitted to the Vatican last week by the group representing all the Catholic bishops, the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts.
The document, entitled “Catechism of the Body of Christ: A Proclamation for the Future,” is a statement of Vatican doctrine.
It was submitted to a panel that includes representatives from the Vatican and the Holy See, which are the only two governing authorities in the Catholic world.
The document says that “the vest which was worn by members of Holy See and of the Church is an inappropriate device for the faithful to wear during the course of a game”.
The decision will also affect those who are not in attendance on match days.
It is part of a wider policy that the Holy Father has called “pro-active” in the fight against climate change, and includes a proposal to ban the wearing of veils in public.
At a news conference last week, Cardinal Sodano said the vest was “an important instrument of the worship of God”.
“It should not be worn during the game, but should only be used by those in a position to assist others during the play-off or during the prayer of Mass,” he said.
But the Vatican said that in this case it was not “the case that the faithful should have to wear the vest”.
“This is not an obligatory rule, but a regulation which can be implemented in a manner that is reasonable and compatible with the spirit of the law,” it said.
The vest, which can also be worn by priests, has been worn by many members of Catholic parishes, including by Cardinal Peter Turkson, who leads the Pontiff’s doctrinal commission.
It has been criticized by the Vatican for being a sign of “divine indifference” to the environment and the environment in general.
The Vatican has previously been criticised for wearing an earring on its lapel to protest against the US nuclear deal with Iran.
Earlier this month, Cardinal Turkson said that he did not believe that the Vatican should have a role in the development of the internet.
“I do not see the internet, or the internet of any other form, as a divinely-given good.
There is no need to put one’s faith in the internet,” he told reporters in Rome.”
If I had one wish, it would be to have it banned.”