Pope Francis is known to be a big soccer fan, and the Vatican has put together its own Cricket team, but now there is something linking the pontiff to America's Pastime.
Father Richard Kunst met with the Bishop of Rome briefly on a recent trip to the Vatican and had the Pope sign a baseball for him, which he then brought back to his church in Duluth, Minn.
Kunst told WDIO that he hopes the unconventional autograph might draw the attention of people who would not otherwise be interested in religion.
"You can bring something like this out to people not interested in the faith and a signed baseball would still maybe speak to them a bit."
In addition to being a baseball fan, Kunst is a scholar who hosts a show on EWTN called The Papacy: A Living History, which examines artifacts from throughout the existence of the Holy See.
- Brendan Maloy