Tricks - not miracles - on order as Globetrotters meet pope

Published May. 6, 2015 9:25 a.m. EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) Pope Francis pulled off some trick moves in St. Peter's Square on Wednesday.

He had great instructors: The Harlem Globetrotters.

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.


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.