AFP - Four acrobats have taken their circus act to the Vatican, performing shirtless for Pope Benedict XVI during his weekly general audience.
The men took off their shirts as they came on stage Wednesday to begin their show, which lasted a few minutes. They lifted each other in different acrobatic poses, keeping balance with their bodies supported only by their arms, at one point creating a human tower.
The pope looked on, and at the end of the performance he clapped and briefly got up as he greeted them.
The ANSA news agency said the group of acrobats is called "Fratelli Pellegrini" ("Pilgrim Brothers") and has performed at festivals across Europe. They were invited as part of a convention on circuses organized by the Vatican's office for migrants.