INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The new Catholic archbishop in Indianapolis says he's accepted an important part of his mission — supporting the Indianapolis Colts.

Archbishop Joseph Tobin donned a bright blue Colts scarf during a news conference Thursday, triggering laughter and applause from the priests and parishioners assembled at Saints Peter & Paul Cathedral in downtown Indianapolis.

Tobin jokingly compared his taking up support for the NFL team from retired Archbishop Daniel Buechlein (BEEK'-lyn) with the biblical story in which the prophet Elijah drops his mantle from a chariot carrying him to heaven and the garment is picked up by his servant Elisha.

The 60-year-old native of Detroit has been the No. 2 official in the Vatican's office for religious orders.

The archdiocese counts some 225,000 Catholics in Indiana.