Pope Francis accidentally tweets shout-out to New Orleans Saints

Pope Francis accidentally tweets shout-out to New Orleans Saints

Pope Francis declared Cardinal John Henry Newman and four women saints on Sunday.

Who Dat from the Vatican is supporting the New Orleans Saints?

Pope Francis inadvertently showed the Saints some love Sunday with a tweet that included a hashtag that automatically included the pro football team's fleur-de-lis logo, ESPN reported.

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The pope, who is the head of the Roman Catholic Church and has more than 18 million followers on Twitter, was tweeting about five new saints who were canonized earlier Sunday, Sports Illustrated reported.

Because Francis used the #Saints hashtag, Twitter automatically added the logo as part of the NFL's partnership with the social media service, ESPN reported.

Predictably, Saints fans viewed the tweet as a heavenly omen for Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Even Saints linebacker Alex Anzalone weighed in on the subject, tweeting, "Wow, are we blessed or what?!??"

Despite the inadvertent tweet, the pontiff at least avoided an ecclesiastical crisis. After all, the Saints were not playing the Cardinals.