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Higher power: Saints coach named after famous Irish 'rosary priest'

Catholic priest helped Patrick Sean Payton guide Saints to victory

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Higher power: Saints coach named after famous Irish 'rosary priest'

A higher power might just have helped New Orleans coach Patrick Sean Payton take his team to their first-ever Super Bowl and their stunning victory.

Payton, a Chicago native, is named after an Irish priest known variously as "The Miracle Priest" and the "Rosary Priest."

Fr. Patrick Peyton, known as the famous "rosary priest," was said to have performed miracles.

Fr. Peyton, a Mayo native who died in 1992, would be pleased that a boy named after him ended up leading a team called the Saints to the Super Bowl.

Fr. Peyton was famous for his devotion to the Knock Shrine in County Mayo where Our Lady is said to have appeared to locals in 1879.

Pope John Paul showed up there in 1979 to celebrate the miracle.

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