Harbaughs' son baptized; daughter has first communion

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

Vatican City — The personal highlight of Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh’s trip to Rome with his team was meeting Pope Francis last Wednesday during the general audience in St. Peter’s Square.

He and wife, Sarah, both called it a life-changing experience to shake hands with Pope Francis and share a meaningful exchange. But the couple completed their trip witnessing their infant son, John Paul, baptized, and eight-year-old daughter Addie having her first communion Sunday at the Church of Saint Anne in the Vatican. They were accompanied by several family members, including his parents, Jack and Jackie Harbaugh, and oldest son, Jay Harbaugh.

As they walked toward the church along Via Leone IV, Harbaugh carried John, and suddenly a group of women began to coo as they passed. Harbaugh stopped so the adoring women could take a look at the baby.

Earlier in the week, Sarah Harbaugh anticipated this would be a most memorable moment for their family.

“When we realized we were coming here, I think he (Harbaugh) tweeted something like, ‘I would be love to be able to get my son baptized in Rome,’ ” she said. “And sure enough, a monsignor said, ‘I would love to do it.’ We had to go through different avenues and they said they would make it happen and they did. It still doesn’t seem real.”

The group toured the Vatican Museum earlier in the day.