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Pope Francis is now officially a baller.

The Harlem Globetrotters paid a visit to the Vatican on Wednesday, and they performed a few tricks with the pope during his weekly meet-and-greet with the public.

At one point he tried to spin a basketball on his finger, but it didn’t stay up for very long. And the second attempt was even worse.

But he appeared to enjoy the whole experience nonetheless.

The team also gave him a jersey with his name and the number 90 on it (because the Globetrotters are 90 years old), and they said that he could play with them as an honorary member.

Pope John Paul II was also made an honorary Golbetrotter back in 2000.

The Globetrotters posted some more images of their meeting with Francis on Twitter.

 

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Granted, it was in Italian, but the crowd didn't seem particularly phased. According to the Daily Mail the transcription goes something like:

'For this, Jesus many times chastised the rich because the risk for them to seek security in the wealth of this world is high.

'In this f*, in this case the providence of God is made visible as gesture of solidarity.'

On the internet, the slip-up generated hundreds of comments with many explaining that it was a common mistake made by Spanish speakers and others said it underlined their impression of him as a 'man of the people.'
According to Italian speakers, the mistake between the Italian "caso" and "cazzo" is not uncommon.

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If you've been paying attention to gigantic cardboard cutouts in your local movie theater lately, Russel Crowe is starring in Darren Aronofsky's Noah. The film (according to the trailer at least) promises to infuse the classic Biblical story with all the flair and destruction-oogling and superstar scene-stealing that defines blockbusters today. So, you know, the perfect movie for an austere Jesuit Pope.

Crowe was gosh-darn consistent trying to get the Pope's attention though:



And for the record, here's the trailer:



See? Perfect Pope-ly viewing material.

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