GLOUCESTER (CBS) — A lot of things have gone the Patriots’ way in the last few Super Bowls – do they have a higher power on their side now, too?

It’s possible, as The Boston Globe reports that the pope may be a Patriots fan.

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Gloucester barbershop owner Giovanni Gucciardi took a trip to the Vatican recently. He had the chance to kiss Pope Francis’ hand – while holding his Patriots cap.

Pope Francis and the Patriots hat. (Photo credit: Joseph Ventimiglia)

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Gucciardi wore the hat during New England’s come-from-behind win in the AFC Championship game.

“Obviously, the Pats don’t need much luck based on their history,” Gucciardi’s nephew told The Globe. “But he believes it did [help].”

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The barbershop owner says he’ll be wearing the hat on Super Bowl Sunday.