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Home run: Houston priest to bring Astros rosary beads to Pope Francis

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 01/24/18

Does the pope follow baseball?

Details: 

A Catholic priest from a Houston church devastated by Hurricane Harvey is reportedly set to present gifts to Pope Francis, including a necklace of Astros-themed rosary beads, an Astros cap, a hand-made ornament from a parishioner and a pen made from the warped wood of the damaged parish.

Parishioners and church leaders said they began noticing a trend with the sales, as well:

Every time the church

sold out of the beads

, the Astros won.

The trend reportedly caught on so well, even non-Catholics started flocking to the church on Saturdays to purchase the beads.

Astros owner Jim Crane said he bought a set prior to the American League Championship Series, when the Astros beat the New York Yankees in seven games to earn the team its first American League pennant and its second World Series berth.

“I don’t want the people to say Maria said, if we pray, then we can win. Maybe! If we believe, everything can happen,” Aguilera said in an interview with a

local TV station

prior to the World Series.

The pen made from the wood from the St. Ignatius Catholic Church in northwest Harris County to be presented to the Roman Catholic leader is said to be made from the church, which took on more than six-feet of water from Hurricane Harvey, forcing parishioners to take Mass in a tent.

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