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Update: Ukrainian Catholic prelates make culinary wager on game's outcome

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PHILADELPHIA (CNS) -- Two Ukrainian Catholic prelates have placed a culinary wager on the outcome of the Feb. 4 Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis.

Archbishop Stefan Soroka of Philadelphia, metropolitan of U.S. Ukrainian Catholics, is rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles, in their first Super Bowl appearance since 2005. Bishop Paul P. Chomnycky of Stamford, Connecticut, is rooting for the New England Patriots -- the returning Super Bowl champions and perennial powerhouse.

To show their confidence in their respective home teams, the bishops announced Feb. 1 they have placed a friendly wager on the ultimate outcome of the game. The beneficiaries will be either the chancery staff in Philadelphia or the chancery staff in Stamford.

"If the Eagles do not fly high on Sunday," Archbishop Soroka said, "we will provide a luncheon for the Stamford chancery staff highlighted with Philadelphia cheesesteaks. However, I do not suspect I will have to do so."

While Bishop Chomnycky and his chancery staff are looking forward to the Philly cheesesteak luncheon, the bishop stated that "if the Eagles fly high and the Patriots experience a rare defeat," he will provide the Philadelphia chancery staff with a luncheon "with Boston cream pie as the dessert."

The Ukrainian leaders' wager came a day after one announced by another Eagles fan, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia, and another New England Patriots supporter, Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston. The two prelates, who are longtime friends and classmates from their seminary days as young Capuchin Franciscans, are wagering $100 donations to aid the poor in their archdioceses.

The Philly cheesesteak was developed in the early 20th century "by combining frizzled beef, onions and cheese in a small loaf of bread," according to a 1987 exhibition catalog published by the Library Company of Philadelphia and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Philadelphians Pat and Harry Olivieri are often credited with inventing the sandwich by serving chopped steak on an Italian roll in the early 1930s.

According to the owners of the Parker House Hotel in Boston, the Boston cream pie was first created at the hotel by an Armenian-French chef, M. Sanzian, in 1856 and originally called a chocolate cream pie. While other custard cakes may have existed at the time, baking chocolate as a coating was a new process, making it unique and a popular choice on the menu.

The name "Boston cream pie" first appeared in the 1872 Methodist Almanac was declared the official dessert of Massachusetts Dec. 12,1996.

While both bishops are rooting for their respective home teams, they said they see the big game as an American tradition that brings the nation together on Super Bowl Sunday.

"It is amazing how on this one Sunday, people throughout the nation, indeed throughout the world, come together to watch a game played by grown men. Families, neighbors and organizations have parties and socials to enjoy this American classic. It is a unifying event," Archbishop Soroka said.

Bishop Chomnycky commented, "While we all hope for an exciting and competitive football game on Sunday, we also look forward to good sportsmanship and camaraderie among the players and fans both on and off the field. For a few hours, we are able to forget about the many problems throughout the world."

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In chilly Minnesota, archbishop has warm welcome for Super Bowl visitors

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By Marie Wiering

ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) -- Archbishop Bernard J. Hebda may be a Pittsburgh native, but like a true Minnesotan, he began a welcome video for Super Bowl visitors talking about the weather.

"The weather here can get a little chilly this time of year, but as a transplant myself, I can tell you firsthand, the people and hospitality here are warm and inviting," the archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis said in a 76-second video taped in the Cathedral of St. Paul.

The video was posted Jan. 30 to the archdiocese's website, www.archspm.org. It also can be viewed in the local news section on the site of the archdiocesan newspaper, The Catholic Spirit, thecatholicspirit.com.

Minneapolis will host the 2018 Super Bowl at U.S. Bank Stadium Feb. 4. A million visitors are expected to visit the Twin Cities for the big game.

"My prayer for this special weekend is that all of you -- teams, vendors, families, media and all guests -- have a safe and fun visit," said Archbishop Hebda, who has headed the archdiocese since 2016.

He said he also hoped that the Twin Cities' guests visit one of the archdiocese's "more than 180 Catholic parishes," naming the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis, the nation's first basilica, which is located on the west end of Minneapolis a mile-and-a-half from the stadium, and the Cathedral of St. Paul, which overlooks downtown St. Paul.

"You can explore their beauty, have a few quiet moments or attend Mass in one of a dozen languages," he said.

"Again a warm welcome to all of you, from all of us," he said.

The video concluded with welcomes in seven different languages from individuals and groups representing different immigrant communities in the archdiocese.

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Wiering is editor of The Catholic Spirit, newspaper of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

 

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