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Pope gets autographed Steelers football

| Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, 9:18 p.m.
Saint Vincent Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., presented an autographed Pittsburgh Steelers football to His Holiness Pope Francis at an audience with the Holy Father this morning. The football was a joint gift from the Rooney family and the Steelers, as well as Archabbot Douglas and Saint Vincent College. Saint Vincent College is where the Steelers hold their training camp. The football is signed by Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney and Steelers President Art Rooney II, Coach Mike Tomlin, and several players.Pope Francis spoke to Benedictine abbots who were gathered in Rome to elect the new abbot primate. The Pope spoke to them in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, which was designed by Pittsburgh architect Louis D. Astorino.
Saint Vincent Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., presented an autographed Pittsburgh Steelers football to His Holiness Pope Francis at an audience with the Holy Father this morning. The football was a joint gift from the Rooney family and the Steelers, as well as Archabbot Douglas and Saint Vincent College. Saint Vincent College is where the Steelers hold their training camp. The football is signed by Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney and Steelers President Art Rooney II, Coach Mike Tomlin, and several players.Pope Francis spoke to Benedictine abbots who were gathered in Rome to elect the new abbot primate. The Pope spoke to them in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, which was designed by Pittsburgh architect Louis D. Astorino.

They say Steelers Nation knows no borders.

Now there is a heavenly connection.

The Rev. Douglas R. Nowicki, chancellor of St. Vincent College in Latrobe, presented an autographed Steeler football to Pope Francis on Monday at the Vatican, according to the team's website.

It was a joint gift from the team and the college, which hosts the Steelers training camp each summer. The ball was signed by several Steeler players, coach Mike Tomlin, team president Art Rooney II and chairman Dan Rooney.

Nowicki, 71, a Benedictine monk, heads the St. Vincent Archabbey, the oldest such monastery in the U.S.

Benedictine monks from across the globe gathered in Rome over the weekend to elect an abbot primate, who oversees the Benedictine order.

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