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.

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"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."

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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