Saturday, September 26, 2015

Pope Francis Blesses Male Stripper's Parrot Amore

Pope Francis is a hot commodity these days, so when we found this story, although somewhat dated, we couldn't resist.


You can't make this up. Pope blesses male stripper's parrot. This story, in its entirety, appeared on the ANSA English website, January 29, 2014:

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 profane. 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'".

We're thinking that the Italian town of Trezzano must be a fun place.

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