The leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics donned a bright and clowned around with a newlywed couple inside the Vatican on Wednesday.
The Argentine-born pontiff posed with the , who are volunteers at a charity that brings clown therapy to sick children.
The lighthearted moment came hours after Pope Francis kissed and prayed with a severely disfigured man at the end of his general audience at St. Peter’s Square.
In the eight months since he was elected pope, the 76-year-old pontiff has emerged as an endearing figure known for his humility and desire to build a more inclusive church.
When a young boy wandered on stage during a homily last month, the pontiff let him stay by his side and even gave him a playful pat on the head.
Pope Francis has stayed true to his humble Jesuit roots by choosing to live a simple life. He has declined to move into the lavish papal apartments and insists on carrying his own bags .
Oh, and his clown car of choice for getting around the Vatican? It’s a 1984 Renault.