Pope Benedict Should Bless Entire Sports World

Manny Acta’s office wasn’t the only thing tangentially connected to the sports world to receive the divine blessing of Pope Benedict XVI, as Jets quarterback Kellen Clemens had his newborn daughter blessed by the pontiff during His Popeliness’ visit to Nationals Park, the ASSOCIATED PRESS reports.

“Not pictured: People relevant to this story. But, hey, cute girl!”

Clemens “was moved to tears Thursday after Pope Benedict XVI blessed and kissed his newborn daughter, Kate Elizabeth, following Benedict’s two-hour, open-air Mass at Nationals Park.Benedict was greeting some of the more than 45,000 in attendance when he came upon Clemens, his wife, Nicole, and their nearly 4-week-old baby, who were sitting on the aisle in one of the rows of floor seating.

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Less Range At Yankee Stad. Than Jeter? The Pope

The LONDON SUN has details on the Pope’s upcoming, much-anticipated visit to New York and DC. In addition to a visit with President Bush, Benedict XVI will say Mass at Yankee Stadium.

Pope Benedict Derek Jeter

The plan is to have the armor-plated, bulletproof Popemobile patrol the Yankee Stadium grounds thoughout the occasion. But thanks club’s concern over the field itself, the only man in Yankee Stadium with less range than Derek Jeter this Sunday will be the Pontiff himself. Read more…