Dove, drink add cheer to pope's general audience
Francis drinks mate, bird pays surprise visit to papal jeep18 December, 10:52
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.