Tricks - not miracles - on order as Globetrotters meet pope

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In celebration of their upcoming 90th anniversary tour, the iconic Harlem Globetrotters met with Pope Francis and named him just the ninth Honorary Harlem Globetrotter in team history on May 6, 2015, at St. Peter's Square. The accolade recognizes an individual of extraordinary character and achievement who has made an everlasting mark on the world. Pictured (left to right): Hi-Lite Bruton, Ant Atkinson, Pope Francis, Big Easy Lofton, Flight Time Lang. | L’Osservatore Romano Foto/PRNewsFoto/Harlem Globetrotters

VATICAN CITY — 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.

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