Pope Francis now has Chicago Cubs collectible items that will always bring to mind the team’s historic win after an epic drought. With such sports gear, the 79-year-old Pope may even be called a Cubs fan if he so wishes.
That is how mainstream media described Pope Francis after the Archbishop of Chicago presented a Cubs cap and an encased signed ball to His Holiness.
The Chicago Cubs, which celebrated its World Series triumph following a 108-year drought, retweeted the social media post of Archbishop Blase Cupich, showing a photograph of himself with Pope Francis as the latter held the items. The accompanying text read, “News of the Cubs win reached all the way to the Vatican,” which then indicated the official Twitter page of the Pope, whom he mentioned as now celebrating with them.
The Pope just visited Sweden, where cheering crowds greeted him, and also where he met with Lutheran leaders in commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Sweden’s Catholic community has increased to an estimated 113,000, a small minority in a country with about 10 million people.
The Chicago Archbishop, meanwhile, will become Cardinal Cupich by end of this week. He and Cleveland Bishop Richard Lennon used the Cubs World Series victory to aid the homeless and hungry. They bet food for a hundred people. When the Cubs emerged victorious, both men paid up. Cupich had Chicago-style pizzas sent to a shelter in Cleveland, while Lennon sent pierogi and kielbasa to Chicago.
Incidentally, Chicago Cubs infielder Addison Russell carries the distinction of the first player of Filipino-American descent to hit a grand slam in a World Series game. This year has been a memorable one for the Cubs, amidst all the hysteria from a global fan base, as they finished Major League Baseball 2016 with their best record yet. The special Cubs memorabilia handed to Pope Francis symbolized hard-earned victory, then. Indeed, it has been a joyful journey.
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