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Hanno & Teo


The story of a boy, the Pope and and an elephant named Hanno. 

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Hanno & Teo


The story of a boy, the Pope and and an elephant named Hanno. 

The boy is Matteo, Teo for short, a new member of the Sistine Chapel Choir in Rome.

The Popes  - Pope Leo X and Pope Francis, the present Pope.

The Elephant is Hanno, Pope Leo's favorite pet.  He was a gift from the King of Portugal.

                           and here the story begins...                                                              

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Rome


Rome surrounds Vatican City -- headquarters of the    Roman Catholic Church and home to the Pope and a trove of iconic art and architecture including the Sistine Chapel, famous for Michelangelo’s ceiling.

Rome


Rome surrounds Vatican City -- headquarters of the    Roman Catholic Church and home to the Pope and a trove of iconic art and architecture including the Sistine Chapel, famous for Michelangelo’s ceiling.

                                           A look at Rome today -

                                      music by the Sistine Chapel Choir

 

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The Sistine Choir


 is a choir based in Vatican City and is one of the oldest religious choirs in the world. Today, the choir comprises approximately twenty adult singers (eleven tenors and nine basses) and thirty unpaid boy choristers (sopranos and altos).

The Sistine Choir


 is a choir based in Vatican City and is one of the oldest religious choirs in the world. Today, the choir comprises approximately twenty adult singers (eleven tenors and nine basses) and thirty unpaid boy choristers (sopranos and altos).

Matteo 

Ten- year- old Matteo lives in a small town outside of Rome. His voice is remarkable and he soon finds himself in Rome  auditioning for the Sistine Choir. Rome is big and noisy and he is not so sure about leaving home,

 

Hanno

Hanno the white  Elephant arrived in Italy in the winter of 1514. He soon became the darling of the Pope and the people of Rome.The pope built a special building to house the elephant, in the Courtile de Belvedere, and allowed the people of Rome to visit him each weekend. And on occasion, he was paraded through Rome.

Matteo is a redhead. Teo is his nickname.

Matteo is a redhead. Teo is his nickname.

Hanno, the white elephant

Pope Francis and selfie. "The pope is a man who laughs, cries, sleeps calmly, and has friends like everyone else.” Pope Francis

Pope Francis and selfie. "The pope is a man who laughs, cries, sleeps calmly, and has friends like everyone else.” Pope Francis

                              What will bring them together?