Pope Francis can now call himself a Philly fan -- well at least a fan of one of the city's high schools.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter gave The Holy Father a "Pope Francis" jersey from his Alma mater, St. Joe's Prep.
The pope smiled and shared a handshake with Nutter and the mayor's chief of staff, Everett Gillison.
They also presented Pope Francis with a small replica of Philly’s own Liberty Bell as well as a selection of Philly sports jerseys including Sixers, Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Union jerseys.
NBC10's crews captured the meeting in Saint Peter's Square Tuesday.
Nutter and Gov. Tom Corbett each gave a thumbs up following the meeting.
Nutter and other area dignitaries went to Rome to meet with the Pope at the Vatican in hopes that they could sway the leader of the Catholic church to officially come to the City of Brotherly Love for next year’s World Meeting of Families.
Millions could flock to Philly if Francis holds a mass in the city. The event would also pump millions of dollars into the economy.
— Karen Araiza (@KAraiza) March 26, 2014