Unfortunately, the video doesn't give the real reason for this epic meet up. However, it does say that the Harlem Globetrotters have actually met multiple Popes in the last 30 years.
If you've been paying attention to gigantic cardboard cutouts in your local movie theater lately, Russel Crowe is starring in Darren Aronofsky's Noah. The film (according to the trailer at least) promises to infuse the classic Biblical story with all the flair and destruction-oogling and superstar scene-stealing that defines blockbusters today. So, you know, the perfect movie for an austere Jesuit Pope.
Crowe was gosh-darn consistent trying to get the Pope's attention though:
And for the record, here's the trailer:
See? Perfect Pope-ly viewing material.