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Philly paper pleads for Pope Francis’ help with winless Eagles (photo)

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The Philadelphia Eagles dropped to 0-2 with an underwhelming performance — to put it mildly, especially on offense — in a 20-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. With Pope Francis set to visit the City of Brotherly Love, one Philly newspaper used its front cover to seek some divinely inspired benevolence from the pontiff.

The pope will visit Philadelphia this week for the 2015 World Meeting of Families conference, the Philadelphia Daily News posted a photograph of Eagles fan in pope-like garb along with the headline, “Uh, While You’re Here…” along with the subhead “Dear Francis: Our Team Is Clearly In Need of Some Divine Intervention.”

The Pope’s visit to Philadelphia has been the source of several sports-related stories since his travel itinerary while in the U.S. was announced. The Eagles were forced to open the 2015 regular season with a grueling road schedule after the NFL was asked not to schedule a home game for the team during Week 3, as Pope Francis will conduct mass to an estimated 2 million people outside the Philadelphia Art Museum.

Not only that, it was jokingly suggested that the Pope should bless quarterback Sam Bradford’s troublesome and injury-prone knees during his visit, something the quarterback wholeheartedly endorsed.

The Phillies, meanwhile, celebrated a sitting pope’s first visit to Philadelphia since 1979 by creating a Pope Francis “rookie card” and giving them out to fans at a game last week.

Given the woeful state of Philadelphia sports teams currently playing, the Pope’s visit couldn’t have come at a better time.