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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

10/30/2013 (1 year ago)

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Papal address was on the importance of the family and was attended by children.

Pope Francis got an unexpected surprise yesterday when a little boy wandered onstage during a papal address.

Pope Francis acknowledged the little boy, rubbing his head for a second as the child clings to his side.

Pope Francis acknowledged the little boy, rubbing his head for a second as the child clings to his side.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

10/30/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Pope Francis, child, boy, yellow shirt, friends, stage, candy

VATICAN CITY (Catholic Online) - An unidentified young boy decided to join Pope Francis onstage during his address yesterday, much to the amusement of the crowd. The address was focused on the family and children were present nearby.

As the Pope spoke, the young by took the stage and began waving and clinging to the Holy Father. Cardinals tried to lure the boy away, at one time apparently offering candy which the boy accepted, but still refused to leave.

The young boy clung to Pope Francis, unwilling to depart.

The young boy clung to Pope Francis unwilling to depart.

Pope Francis acknowledged the boy, but continued his address. At the end of the address Pope Francis prayed with a man, possibly the boy's father, as footage reveals the boy bringing a girl onstage to join him.

In a sense, many of us are like that little boy, taking delight in our Church and in our Holy Father, who inspires and reassures us all. Like the clever boy, we wouldn't sacrifice either our Faith or our beloved Pope, not for all the sweets in the world.

The boy wandered about the stage as the Holy Father delivered his address.

The boy wandered about the stage as the Holy Father delivered his address.

The child

The child's antics amused all.

He just clung to his side and refused to leave.

He just clung to his side and refused to leave.

Not even the offer of candy persuaded the boy to give up his moment with the Holy Father.

Not even the offer of candy persuaded the boy to give up his moment with the Holy Father.

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