When the boy appeared during Pope Francis’s presentation during a summit on the family Saturday, the pope welcomed him gently, even seating him atop the papal chair when security was unable to shoo the child offstage .
was speaking in St. Peter's Square about the important role
grandparents play when a little boy walked up behind him and confidently
climbed up and sat down on the pontiff's white chair.
Vatican says Francis was surrounded by elderly faithful and their
grandchildren Saturday night at a rally to encourage family life when
the boy came up, wearing a striped shirt, jeans and sneakers.
like an indulgent grandpa, Francis let the boy explore the area
undisturbed before tens of thousands of people. The pope smiled while
reading his speech as the boy sat in the empty chair, gazed up at him
and even at one point clung to the pontiff's legs.