(ANSA) - Vatican City, January 8 - A group of 120 circus
performers on Wednesday attended the pope's first general
audience of 2014, as did pro-soccer players of Genoa club
The circus performers are in Rome for the international
circus festival, Rome-Capital-Golden Circus.
Roughly 9,000 people braved frigid temperatures in St
Peter's Square as Pope Francis - in a winter coat and scarf -
made his customary 20-minute tour in an uncovered white jeep
greeting participants in the crowd, reported the Vatican
When the pope left the jeep, he shook the hands of Genoa
Archbishop and Italian Bishops' Conference (CEI) President
Angelo Bagnasco and Sampdoria club members.