Half-Naked Acrobats Shake Up Staid Vatican

Benedict looks especially uncomfortable
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2010 12:31 PM CST

The Vatican's normally a pretty staid place, lined with pure thoughts and celibate clergymen, so more than a few eyebrows raised when four buff guys lined up in front of Pope Benedict himself and ripped their shirts off. The four were actually acrobats, known as the Pilgrim Brothers, who proceeded to perform for a pontiff who appeared slightly less than enthusiastic. The nuns in attendance seemed appreciative, the Daily Telegraph notes. Watch the painfully awkward video above.
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