During the week off between games last week, Flyers chairman Ed Snider flew to Rome to meet with Pope Francis I in a private audience at the Vatican.
The Flyers are 2-0 since Snider, 80, met the Pope.
“I’d like to think he had something to do with it, but I think the team is finally turning it around and have learned (coach Craig Berube) Chief’s system,” Snider joked. “I think that’s a coincidence.”
Snider, who experienced anti-semitism growing up in Washington, made the trip with a 60-member delegation of the Simon Wiesenthal Foundation. He is co-chairman of the Wiesenthal Foundation, one of the world’s largest Jewish human rights organizations. The group included Holocaust survivors, Christians and a prominent Muslim.
“It was a very informative meeting,” Snider said. “We discussed anti-semitism, the Pope’s upcoming visit to Israel and the significance of his trip.”
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