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Harlem Globetrotters Meet With Pope Francis


A note from Al:

It’s nice to know that the Pope is a more thrilling meet and greet than presidents and premiers. How about sheikhs? Probably. A QUESTION? As a kid I loved the Harlem Globetrotters. Meadowlark Lemon was the name I best remember. Someone told me that Meadowlark was a Catholic. Huh? I’ve never thought that was true but would love to think so. Has anyone else ever been told or learned that Meadowlark Lemon was a Catholic? Make my day. – Al Kresta



NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Pope Francis got a chance to try out some new moves courtesy of the Harlem Globetrotters.

The team met with the pope Wednesday during his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square.

They presented the pope with a framed #90 jersey with the words “Pope Francis” on the back.

They also took some selfies with the crowd and tried to teach the pope a trick or two with the basketball, including spinning it on his finger.

“We have been able to do a lot of things in our lives and meeting the pope is probably at the top of that list right now,” Herbert “Flight Time” Lang said. “I’ve met the president twice and we have all met a bunch of famous people, but I have to say today was the most nervous I’ve been in long time. It was a good excitement though.”

The Globetrotters are currently on a tour of Italy.

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