Pope Francis' visit to the United States is the Super Bowl for Catholic leaders in America. A group of nuns partied like it.

Washington journalists came across women tailgating the Pope's arrival Wednesday.

Tailgating, nun style! #popeindc

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The nuns parked at Catholic University, within walking distance of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. They did not go all out with beer and a grill, choosing sandwiches and chips instead. More importantly, they beat traffic and planned ahead with food.

Pope Francis is scheduled to arrive in New York City at 5 p.m. ET Thursday, and he will lead mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral at 6:15 p.m. That should give him enough time to whip across the George Washington Bridge for a real tailgate. The Giants host the Redskins at MetLife Stadium at 8:25 p.m. ET.

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