• Pope Francis delights in circus performance during audience

    Pope Francis delights in circus performance during audience

    • Dec 27, 2017

    Circus acrobats performed for Pope Francis during his weekly audience, in what has become a regular feature of the Vatican holiday season.

  • Circus performers have a ‘joyful’ vocation, pope says

    Circus performers have a ‘joyful’ vocation, pope says

    • Sep 15, 2017

    Commemorating the 70th anniversary of Italy’s National Association of Traveling Performers, Pope Francis acknowledged that the life of a traveling performer “is not an easy life,” often requiring them to go to places “that don’t always appreciate the social value of this type of show.” He told them, “Do not be discouraged, continue on your path so that our cities and our countries do not lose the taste for this peculiar beauty through your presence, your art, your joy.”

  • Pope thanks circus acts for bringing joy to often dark world

    Pope thanks circus acts for bringing joy to often dark world

    • Jun 16, 2016

    Meeting with acrobats, clowns, carnival workers, street performers, musicians and magicians on Thursday, Pope Francis thanked the artists for bringing beauty and joy to an often dark, sad world, praising their special ability to bring a smile to a child’s face, brighten a lonely person’s day, and draw people closer together.