Pope Francis Unintentionally Supports NFL Team Because Of Twitter Algorithm

Virginia Kruta Associate Editor

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.