When you’re gonna use a hashtag in your tweet, always check to make sure it is what you think it is.
Pope Francis, it would seem, did not get that memo.
The head of the Catholic church and the Vatican — or, more likely, one of his team — penned a tweet referencing the five new saints he created at acanonisation ceremonyover the weekend.
The Pope used the hashtag #Saints in his tweet, but unbeknown to him, that hashtag was paired with a logo for American football team, the New Orleans Saints.
On Twitter, the hashtag appears with the fleur de lis emoji beside it, an image which is used as the team’s logo, a symbol of the City of New Orleans, and is also often used in association with the Catholic saints of France — so it works both ways.
The team responded on Twitter saying they “couldn’t lose after this.”
Saints fans were pretty excited about the accidental shoutout.
Louisiana is QUAKING right now. This is my proudest moment and I don’t even care if it was an accident
— becca:) (@BeccaDavid2)October 13, 2019
Putting all my money on the Saints today.
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout)October 13, 2019
The Saints went on to win their match against Jacksonville Jaguars that very same day, so perhaps the Pope’s accidentally #blessed support spurred them on.