Circus performers gave Pope Francis a flower-shaped balloon and placed a white bird on his hand in a brief performance at his general audience on Wednesday.
Members of the Liana Orfei Golden Circus included a clown, a
magician who performed a quick show for the pope, jugglers,
acrobats and tightrope walkers.
During his public address, the pope thanked the performers
and said "beauty brings us closer to God".