HOUSTON — Two circus acrobats tied the knot on a tightrope during a performance in Houston.

Mustafa Danguir and Anna Lebedeva got married 30 feet off the ground this week during a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show at NRG Stadium.

The groom, in a white tuxedo coat, arrived on a camel and climbed a side ladder to reach the tightrope.

The veiled bride rode a horse. She shed her high heels and adjusted her flowing gown to also climb a ladder to the wire.

The ringmaster presided as the pair met in the middle of the wire, then exchanged vows and rings.

The smiling newlyweds descended and waved to the cheering crowd as they walked away arm-in-arm.

VATICAN CITY — A Vatican official says the number of nuns who dedicate their lives to prayer and contemplating God is dwindling, even as Pope Francis has written a new document praising their relevance in the world.

Monsignor Jose Rodriguez Carballo told reporters Friday that from 2000 to 2014, their numbers, including novices, plunged from some 55,000 to some 43,000.

Spain and Italy have the highest number of them. Some of these nuns choose strictly cloistered lives.

Francis writes that the “large part” of the world that’s dominated by “the mindset of power, wealth and consumerism” has immense need of the “hidden mission” of these nuns.

He says because digital culture influences how we relate to the world, contemplative communities of nuns can use social media, but warns against time-wasting.

Associated Press