Pope Francis is no stranger to going viral. This year, he surprised social media users when he didn’t let the faithful kiss his ring, because he feared people may get sick. Then, he stunned them again when he kneeled before the warring leaders of Sudan and kissed their feet, urging them to end their conflict.
This time he entered the spotlight after he, or rather the person who runs his account on Twitter, accidentally tagged an NFL team and used an emoji with their logo. The post read: “We give thanks to the Lord for our new #Saints. They walked by faith and now we invoke their intercession". The hashtag is used by the New Orleans Saints.
Today we give thanks to the Lord for our new #Saints. They walked by faith and now we invoke their intercession.— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) October 13, 2019
It seems that never in their life netizens got an easier thing to joke about.
Is this a betting tip? Saints to cover— Jason Miller (@Jasonmiller321) October 13, 2019
Saints fans were overjoyed that the head of the Catholic Church himself roots for their team.
Some even promised to reserve a seat for the pontiff.
Fans of other teams seemed jealous…
Every Catholic in Jacksonville: pic.twitter.com/m26QsjC532— ⚽️ Adam Hester 🏃♀️ (@AHester32) October 13, 2019
Pope Francis tweeted before the New Orleans Saints were to take on Jacksonville Jaguars. The Saints won 13-6 and thanked the pontiff.
Pope Francis has not responded to the jokes and the chances are low that the head of the Catholic Church even read the comments on social media, although after his latest revelation, who knows… who knows…