Space station veterans give pope his own flight suit

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Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli presents Pope Francis with a flight suit. (CNS Photo / Vatican Media)

Pope Francis now has the right kind of suit for experiencing heaven in this world.

During a visit to the Vatican, crew members from the International Space Station’s Expedition 53 gave the pope his very own blue flight suit.

There’s even a short white cape to go with it, embellished with embroidered wings.

But in a nod to the secular world, the flight suit’s name tag doesn’t read “Francis” or “Pontifex.” Instead, the tag uses the pontiff’s birth name, Jorge M. Bergoglio. And the sleeve sports the flag of Francis’ native Argentina rather than Vatican City’s crossed-keys banner.

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By Alan Boyle

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