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Topless performance shocks Vatican

Last updated on: December 16, 2010 10:35 IST

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The weekly audience held at Paul VI Hall in Vatican City was in for a shock on Wednesday, when a group of toned dancers took off their shirts for an acrobatic performance in front of Pope Benedict XVI .

 


Photographs: Tony Gentile/Reuters
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The group of acrobats, dressed modestly in white suits, walked to the papal throne and shocked the papal audience by tearing off their shirts before starting the performance.

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While the Pope remained impassive and watched the performance, a group of nuns enthusiastically cheered on the dancers.

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The men, part of the Fratelli Pellegrini group, are participants of a worldwide convention of pastoral care for circus and fair people, which is currently being held in Rome.

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