Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 23 August 2019

Pope Francis rings in New Year with ball twirling skills

A group of Cuban circus performers joined the Pope at his weekly gathering in the Vatican

Pope Francis rang in the New Year with a festive celebration during his weekly gathering in the Vatican.

His first Papal Audience saw him twirl a football on his fingers. The pontiff picked up the skill quite quickly during the performance and laughed it off when the ball slipped away.

Around 20 performers from the Circo Cuba performed acrobatic moves and danced to salsa music at the Pope VI hall.

The Pope appeared entertained and clapped continuously during the performance. He also gave a double thumbs up to the performers at the end of the show.

He is set to visit the UAE in February. What skills will he pick up here?

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