It takes more than two to tango for Pope Francis’ birthday


(CNS photo/Paul Haring)


VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis always asks for prayers, especially for his birthday, but this year he also got some tango.

Thousands of tango dancers, mostly from Italy, flocked to St. Peter’s Square to wave their white scarves “A Tango for Pope Francis” and cheer along with tens of thousands of other people at the Wednesday general audience.


Before the general audience, children gave him flowers, presents and handmade cards:


screengrab of Pope Francis at his Wednesday general audience in St. Peter’s Square. He’s admiring a handmade birthday card from a child. Dec. 17, 2014.

He got Mylar party balloons attached to cute babies:


But best of all had to be the birthday cake topped with cherries and six (?) candles, that he promptly blew out.


The cake came courtesy of a large group of seminarians, who also had the foresight to provide some mate’ too: mate

But an Italian tango dancer had a better idea, Cristina Camorani organized a “Street Tango Flashmob” over the Internet inviting people to what she hoped would become the “Biggest Milonga in the World.”

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Milonga, an older form of tango with a faster rhythm, is the pope’s favorite dance style. He has said he used to dance the tango when he was young, adding, “It’s something that comes from within.”

At the end of the general audience, Pope Francis greeted the tango dancers and said it seemed like the square was “for a 2 x 4,” which is mysterious tango-lingo referring to rhythm.

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After the audience, participants heeled up for a warm-up dance in front of St. Peter’s Square before the big showcase event that afternoon.


A dancer buckles up for non-stop tango outside St. Peter’s Square Dec. 17, 2014. (CNS photo/Carol Glatz)


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7 Responses to It takes more than two to tango for Pope Francis’ birthday

  1. Robert Made Ratmara says:

    Happy Birth Day Pope Francis, GBU.

  2. Yaya says:

    Felicidades, Papa Francesco! May our Lord Jesus and His holy mother Mary watch over you always as you go about working in His Vineyard.

    May you be granted many more years to come.

    Happy birthday!

  3. happy birthday
    to u papa francesco in godbless u

  4. pls prayer for me
    as the altar servers

  5. karolina says:

    That’s my son with a balloon 🙂

  6. God bless our Pope Frances on his Birthday. May he have many more and have good health.Thank the wonderfull Bshops that voted for him

  7. Carol Glatz says:

    adorable!!!! Congratulations 🙂

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