Michigan head coach says meeting pope was ’emotional’
As someone accustomed to the stress of the gridiron, University of Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh said he was touched by Pope Francis’ peaceful presence.
“The way he talks is peaceful, it’s calm. It felt like this is what it would be like to meet Jesus Christ. That’s what it felt like to me. It was very emotional,” the coach told journalists on 26th April.
Harbaugh and his wife, Sarah, briefly greeted the pope following his weekly general audience in St Peter’s Square earlier that day.
“I said, ‘Buenos dias, Santo Padre’ (‘Good morning, Holy Father’), and then my wife came in and told him that she loved him. He held her hand and prayed and asked that we pray for him,” Harbaugh recalled.
The coach and his wife presented the pope with a Michigan football helmet along with a pair of size-10 Air Jordan sneakers in the football team’s maize and blue colours.
Harbaugh said the pope smiled and graciously accepted the gifts, despite their unusual nature.
Picture: Jim Harbaugh, head football coach for the University of Michigan, presents Pope Francis with a team football helmet during the pope’s general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on 26th April. (CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano).Tags: Jim Harbaugh, Pope Francis, St Peter's Square, University of Michigan