The happy couple works for a charity group that uses clowns to brighten the days of children in hospitals. The pope showed up to congratulate them and joined them in putting on a clown nose for photographers. He's got a lot of damage to undo, but it's hard not to think this pope seems to understand what the job really should be — interacting with people of all stripes, and discouraging or even punishing church excesses. I keep waiting for him to do something Benedict-ian, but so far he's like bizarro Benedict.

[photo via The Daily Mail]