Pope Francis Blesses Male Stripper’s Talking Parrot

The bird said “papa” (the Italian word for “pope”) when he perched on the pontiff’s hand.

1. Pope Francis made friends with a parrot named Amore during his general audience at the Vatican on Wednesday.

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2. The parrot’s owner, Francesco “Ghyblj” Lombardi, presented his bird to Pope Francis after the pope blessed his 1-year-old daughter.

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3. Lombardi said that the bird squawked the word “papa” (the Italian word for “pope”) when he stepped onto the pope’s hand.

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4. He told Italian news agency ANSA that Pope Francis called Amore “a beautiful gift from God.”

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5. “It was fun,” Lombardi, a former male stripper, said. “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.”

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6. The moment was particularly poignant as the pope chose the name Francis in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.

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7. Watch pope meet parrot in this video clip — if you listen closely, you can hear the bird saying, “Papa” around the 13-second mark.

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