See Pope Francis Clown Around With Newlywed Couple
PHOTO: Vatican Pope Francesco jokes with the newlyweds of the Rainbow Association Marco Lagulli Onlus, which deals with the clownterapia in hospitals, Nov. 6, 2013.

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Pope Francis is having a picture perfect week.

The leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics donned a bright red nose and clowned around with a newlywed couple inside the Vatican on Wednesday.

The Argentine-born pontiff posed with the bride and groom, 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.

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