Pope Francis arrives for an audience he held for the "Pueri Cantores" (children's choirs) in the Vatican. (Gregorio Borgia, AP)
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Vatican City - While Pope Francis has made no secret of his love of choirs, he has revealed why he may not always join in.
The pontiff told an audience of 6 000 young international choir singers on Thursday that "I like to hear singing. But if I would sing, it would seem like a donkey."
Francis took questions from the youngsters, telling them that his childhood aspiration was to become a butcher and acknowledging he sometimes gets angry - "but I don't bite."
The choristers' organisation, Pueri Cantores, has been holding its annual meeting in Rome this week. Some members will participate in New Year's Day Mass in St. Peter's Basilica.