Pope Francis Unintentionally Supports NFL Team Because Of Twitter Algorithm

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Virginia Kruta Associate Editor
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Pope Francis delivered an unintentional show of support Sunday for the NFL’s New Orleans Saints, all thanks to a Twitter algorithm.

“Today we give thanks to the Lord for our new #Saints. They walked by faith and now we invoke their intercession,” Pope Francis tweeted.

Pope Francis’ intention was to honor the five newly canonized saints: St. John Henry Newman, St. Marian Thresia, St. Giuseppina Vannini, St. Dulce Lopes Pontes and St. Marguerite Bays.

But Twitter’s algorithm turned the Pope’s hashtag into a hashtag that included the fleur-de-lis logo of the New Orleans Saints. (RELATED: Pope Francis Tells Journalist: ‘I Am Honored That The Americans Attack Me’)

Fans responded with a slew of jokes, suggesting that if his Holiness was onboard, it might be high time to put some money on New Orleans.