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It Was a ‘Thrill’ to Perform for Pope, Circus Members Say

AP/Alessandra Tarantino

Catholic News Agency - published on 01/15/14

The circus, he emphasized, is “an art of love, an art of sharing, an art that goes beyond our hearts for a message of peace, joy and harmony between families, artists and the whole society,” adding that this performance “was the most thrilling moment of my life as an artist.”

Piva also remarked that during their performances, "people look at us not just as performers but as part of an art that revolutionizes the world with love, with smiles, with joy," observing that “this is the power that people today of the twenty-first century have forgotten.”

Circus director Liana Orfei, echoing the words of her performers, told CNA on Jan. 10 that performing for the Holy Father “has been a great thrill.”

“When this Pope received us in Saint Peter’s,” she said, “it was so great and important that I felt I had wings and I was flying and flying in paradise.”

Orfei, whose family has been in the circus business for 270 years, has personally met five Popes, “from Pope John, Paul the Sixth, John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Pope Francis.”

Speaking of Pope Francis, Andreuzzi explained his opinion that “Pope Francis is a good Pope, as several Popes in the past, and he is very fair.”

“I saw that all the people that were at Saint Peter’s Square believed a lot in his words and in everything,” he recalled, “so I think that little by little, the Church will regain a lot of power.”

Courtesy of Catholic News Agency

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