- Aug 5, 2020
Religious sisters talk about their ministry to people in circuses.
Poor, homeless, refugees, low-income families and a group of prisoners gathered for a night at the circus sponsored by the Vatican.
Some 2,100 of Rome’s poor, homeless, refugees, prisoners and volunteers will head to the circus courtesy of Pope Francis in yet another act of charity for those who are less fortunate.
Circus acrobats performed for Pope Francis during his weekly audience, in what has become a regular feature of the Vatican holiday season.
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.”
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.