VATICAN CITY — When in Rome … you bury old hatchets.
Even ones carried by Spartans.
During a patio luncheon/news conference Wednesday just a few blocks from St. Peter’s Square, Michigan Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh was queried about his brief meeting with Pope Francis roughly an hour earlier.
In an affable mood — he described himself as riding “on a cloud of grace” after engaging the Holy Father — and with time to kill, Harbaugh moved from camera station to camera station to camera station, answering questions from pods of reporters based in Vatican City, Rome and back in the United States.
He also posed, as is his want, for several pictures, including this one with a friendly journalist sporting familiar — and unfriendly — colors:
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The woman at right is Julianne Calzonetti, a journalist with Rome Reports, a television news agency based in Rome with a special emphasis on the papacy.
Before her TV gig, she was on the rowing team at Michigan State from 2013-2016, taking home first-team All-Big Ten honors as a senior varsity eight coxswain.
You can check out Calzonetti’s blog here. Harbaugh and a Spartans alum grinning at the sight of one another, half a world away. Who says Pope Francis isn’t a miracle worker?