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Dove, drink add cheer to pope's general audience

Francis drinks mate, bird pays surprise visit to papal jeep

18 December, 10:52
Dove, drink add cheer to pope's general audience (ANSA) - Vatican City, December 18 - A surprise visit by a dove and a traditional drink from Pope Francis's Argentine homeland added cheer to the pontiff's last general audience of 2013.

As the pope was touring St Peter's Square before the audience a dove released by some of the faithful perched on his jeep.

Francis stopped and smiled at the bird for a few moments, pointing it out to the crowd, before continuing his tour.

The pope also stopped during the tour of the square after being offered a cup containing mate - a traditional caffeine-rich South American beverage drunk through a straw - by Argentine pilgrims.

Wednesday's was the last general audience of the year ahead of a busy schedule of events and services for the pope over the Christmas period.

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