Pope Francis pulls off trick moves with Harlem Globetrotters

Harlem Globetrotters’ help Pope Francis spin the ball on his finger as they meet during the general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, May 6, 2015. (Photo: LOsservatore Romano/EPA via ABC News)

Pope Francis pulled off some trick moves in St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday.

He had great instructors: The Harlem Globetrotters.


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The basketball troupe met with the pope during his weekly general audience.

They presented a framed No. 90 jersey backed with “Pope Francis,” and encouraged him to play with them.

Harlem Globetrotters’ help Pope Francis spin the ball on his finger as they meet in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, May 6, 2015. | AP Photo
Harlem Globetrotters’ help Pope Francis spin the ball on his finger as they meet in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, May 6, 2015. | AP Photo

With teammates Hi-Lite Bruton, Ant Atkinson, and Big Easy Lofton looking on, Flight Time Lang got a red, white, and blue ball spinning on his own finger, then took the pope’s right index finger and let a smiling Francis try it himself.

The Globetrotters are touring Italy.

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