In this photo made available by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI strokes a lion cub as he greets circus artists and workers during an audience he held in th

 

              In this photo made available by the Vatican newspaper L
In this photo made available by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, 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/L'Osservatore Romano)