The Circus heads to see Pope Benedict XVI in the Vatican (photos)
POPE Benedict XVI watched the circus today. He did not go to the circus. The circus came to the Vatican. (They were curious to see if the legends were true.) The do was arranged by the “Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People”:
On 19 March 1970, with the Motu Proprio Apostolicae Caritatis, Pope Paul VI established the “Pontificia Commissio de Spirituali Migratorum atque Itinerantium Cura”, with the task of studying and providing pastoral care to “people on the move” such as: migrants, exiles, refugees, displaced people, fishermen and seafarers, air travelers, road transport workers, nomads, circus people, fairground workers, pilgrims and tourists, as well as those categories of people who, for various reasons, are involved in human mobility, such as students abroad, and operators and technicians engaged in large projects or scientific research at the international level who are obliged to move from one country to another.
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Pope Benedict XVI strokes a lion cub as he greets circus artists and workers during an audience he held in the Pope Paul VI hall, at the Vatican, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. Benedict clapped and watched amused as circus workers flipped, flopped, juggled and twisted before him in what the Vatican has called a historic audience to make street performers and other itinerant entertainers feel like they belong to the church. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)