NFL's Saints get unexpected boost from Pope Francis Twitter tag

Who dat - The fleur-de-lis logo of the NFL
Who dat - The fleur-de-lis logo of the NFL's New Orleans Saints featured in a tweet from Pope Francis on Sunday  

Los Angeles (AFP) - The New Orleans Saints got a surprise shout-out on Sunday from Pope Francis, with fans and at least one player taking the inadvertent tag as a good omen for the NFL team.

Francis created five new saints on Sunday in a canonisation ceremony at the Vatican attended by heads of state from across the world.

"Today we give thanks to the Lord for our new #Saints." he posted on Twitter -- with the combination of a hashtag and the capital letter of Saints apparently adding the New Orleans team's fleur-de-lis logo. "They walked by faith and now we invoke their intercession."

One wag with the Twitter handled @hacksawDG2 replied with a Tweet asking "Who Dat, father" -- invoking the Who Dat rallying cry of Saints fans.

Saints linebacker Alex Anzalone took time out from preparations for the team's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars to put a screen shot of Francis' tweet on his own Twitter feed.

"Wow, are we blessed or what?!??" Anzalone wrote.

"Couldn't lose after this," the Saints said on their official Twitter feed. "#Blessed and highly favored".

Indeed the Saints, who have thrived despite losing star quarterback Drew Brees to a thumb injury in the opening game of the season, had little trouble beating the Jaguars 13-6 to improve to 5-1.

Coach Sean Payton put the win down not to papal intervention but to solid defense.

Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew was sacked twice and intercepted once as Jacksonville failed to muster a touchdown.

"I told our defense I felt like if we had played eight quarters they wouldn't have scored a touchdown today," Payton said.


More Related News

Louisiana Supreme Court won
Louisiana Supreme Court won't revive 'NOLA no-call' suit

Louisiana's Supreme Court has refused to revive a New Orleans Saints fan's lawsuit against the NFL over officials' failure to call a penalty at a crucial point in a January playoff game. Attorney Antonio LeMon filed the lawsuit after officials failed to flag a Los Angeles Rams player for

NFL playoff picture: Where 49ers stand in top-seed chase after first loss
NFL playoff picture: Where 49ers stand in top-seed chase after first loss

Here's how the NFC playoff picture looks, assuming the season ended today.

Catholic bishops
Catholic bishops' agenda: immigrants, gun deaths, sex abuse
  • US
  • 2019-11-11 22:18:33Z

US Catholic bishops received a challenging to-do list Monday as they opened their national assembly - notably to support immigrants and refugees, extend the campaign to curtail clergy sex abuse and work harder to combat gun violence. "The pope has emphasized certain themes: Mercy, closeness to the people... a spirit of hospitality toward migrants, and dialogue with those of other cultures and religions," Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the papal nuncio, told the bishops as they opened a three-day meeting. Pierre said the bishops should find tangible ways of showing they supported the pope's merciful message and flexible doctrine, which includes an emphasis on protecting the environment.

Pope says he intends to go to South Sudan, urges dialogue
Pope says he intends to go to South Sudan, urges dialogue
  • US
  • 2019-11-10 14:24:04Z

Pope Francis on Sunday called for South Sudan politicians to salvage a tenuous peace deal and to bring a definitive end to conflicts to the African nation, which he announced he intends to visit in the coming year. In public remarks from a Vatican palace window overlooking St. Peter's Square, Francis also urged South Sudan's leaders to find "consensus" for the good of the country, where hundreds of thousands of people died in a civil war several years ago. President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar last week agreed to postpone forming a coalition government for 100 days to resolve security and governance issues.

Pope Francis Is Promoting a Debunked 19th Century Tourist Trap Theory
Pope Francis Is Promoting a Debunked 19th Century Tourist Trap Theory

Franco Origlia/GettyLast Monday, Pope Francis celebrated the feast of All Soul's with a Mass held in the ancient catacombs of Priscilla in Rome. It was Francis' first visit to the underground catacombs and in some unscripted remarks during the mass he said that he was led to think "of the life of those people who had to hide, who had this culture of burying their dead and celebrating the Eucharist inside here." It's a lovely sentiment but there's a small problem: Christians never hid in the catacombs. The idea that they did is an 18th and 19th century myth for tourists.Pope Francis isn't alone in thinking that persecuted Christians hid from the Romans in the network of 40 or so narrow...

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply


Top News: Football