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Pope welcomes traveling entertainers to Vatican

June 16, 2016

Pope Francis welcomed traveling artists, musicians, and circus entertainers to the Vatican on June 16, saying that they represent “most ancient form of entertainment.”

The traveling entertainers were in Rome for a special event, scheduled as part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. In his address the Pope related their work to the theme of the Jubilee, saying:

You have a special resource: with your continual movements, you are able to take God's love, His embrace and His mercy, to everyone. You can be an itinerant Christian community, witnesses of Christ Who is always journeying to meet even the most distant.

The Pope said that the life of a traveling entertainment troupe is difficult, particularly from a pastoral perspective. “I encourage particular churches and parishes to be attentive to your needs and those of all itinerant peoples,” he said.

Following the papal audience and a visit to the Vatican basilica, the entertainers staged a performance in St. Peter’s Square, including music, acrobatics, juggling, puppet shows, and acts with trained animals.

 
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