Duluth Pastor Visits Vatican, Returns with Baseball Signed by the Pope

Julie Kruse

May 04, 2015 07:26 PM

Some say pictures are worth a thousand words, but for Father Richard Kunst, it's a signed baseball that left him speechless.


Father Kunst traveled to Rome last week and met Pope Francis, but the Pope also signed his baseball.

"I was on cloud nine. I was pumped," said Father Kunst. "I am a student of papal history, and the papacy is something that's my passion, so for the opportunity to converse with the Holy Father is a big deal."

Although the conversation only lasted a minute and there were some language barriers, a long-awaited moment finally arrived.

Why a baseball?

"The rarity and uncommon nature of it," said Father Kunst. "You can bring something like this out to people not interested in the faith and a signed baseball would still maybe speak to them a bit."

Kunst was also able to bring the Pope a DVD copy of the EWTN series that he hosts.

That airs Monday at 5:30 p.m. on the EWTN network.


Julie Kruse

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