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The forehead of Kate Elizabeth Clemens is a little bit holier today than it was a couple of days ago. Pope Benedict XVI puckered up and dropped some sugar on her, as Jets quarterback Kellen Clemens, along with his wife and daughter, attended the Pope's mass at Nationals Park.

Benedict was greeting some of the more than 45,000 in attendance when he came upon Clemens, his wife, Nicole, and their nearly 4-week-old baby, who were sitting on the aisle in one of the rows of floor seating.

"My eyes welled up with tears, it was such a moving experience," Clemens said. "I don't really know if we fully understand just how special it was. That's a direct descendant of Peter, and there he is giving a blessing and a kiss to our child."

Clemens is a member of Catholic Athletes for Christ -- Cathletes, as they're known on the street. He and his wife pray the rosary daily, he Kellen prays to St. Sebastian, the patron saint of athletes, before every game.

I had no idea that there was a patron saint of athletes. This Sebastian character's been asleep at the wheel recently.

I'm happy for Clemens and his family, and I'm sure that's a big moment for them. Very few Catholics will ever have an opportunity like that.

It seems like a lot of pressure to put on a kid, though. Throughout her entire life, whenever she's considering some less-than-holy behavior, dad can always say, "Oh, really? You're going to engage if premarital sex? Do you think that's what His Holiness, the spiritual leader of the Catholic Church, had in mind when he blessed you as a child?"

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