(ANSA) - Milan, January 29 - Pope Francis blessed and took
into his hands a green parrot that belonged to a former male
stripper during his general audience on Wednesday.
The parrot's owner thought it best to admit he was the
bird's proud father after press reports saying it belonged to a
traveling circus from northern Italy.
"It was fun," Francesco Lombardi, the former stripper known
as Ghyblj, told ANSA.
"A sort of mixing of the holy and the
I am a world champion stripper and have the leading
role in (erotic filmmaker) Tinto Brass's next movie".
Lombardi, who has also been the head of the town council of
Trezzano, near Milan, said he had come to Rome with his wife and
two daughters to attend the general audience, bringing with him
the parrot named 'Amore' ('Love').
"Pope Francis, who I am in love with," he said, "called it
'a beautiful gift from God'".