The Papal Artifacts’ Collection is filled with memorable and priceless artifacts–and the memorable and priceless stories of the Curator’s acquisition of them. And one of the most delightful is the April 29, 2015 signing of a baseball by a very gracious Holy Father. Below are some memories of that day.
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.
The story of Father Richard Kunst getting a baseball signed by Pope Francis has gone viral. You can see more articles on it here:
Crux: Duluth priest says Pope Francis signed a baseball for him
About the “Papal Minutes”: Real Presence Radio is a feature of the diocese of Duluth, Minnesota, serving a wide area of northern Minnesota and surrounding states. They have ask Father Kunst to do a series of “Papal Minutes” that offer little known facts about the papacy and our Holy Fathers. Please click on the following links to enjoy these short stories, all of which are interesting and entertaining–right along with the signing of a baseball by our present Pope, Francis, in St. Peter’s Square.