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Talk about a Hail Mary: Pittsburgh Steelers give Pope Francis signed football

Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience at the Vatican, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. (Giorgio Onorati/ANSA via AP)

Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience at the Vatican, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. (Giorgio Onorati/ANSA via AP)  (ANSA)

Pope Francis has received an autographed Pittsburgh Steelers football as a gift from the team and the Benedictine monk who heads the college that hosts the team's training camp each year.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says the Rev. Douglas Nowicki presented the souvenir to the pontiff while at the Vatican on Monday. The team announced the gift on its website.

Nowicki and other Benedictine monks from around the world were at the Vatican to elect a new leader of their religious order.

Nowicki is chancellor of St. Vincent College near Latrobe, where the Steelers have held training camp for more than 40 years.

The ball was signed by team chairman Dan Rooney, team president Art Rooney II, several players and coach Mike Tomlin.

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