‘Unruly’ Young Boy Upstages Pope Francis

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Pope Francis leads the weekly general audience at Paul VI hall at the Vatican
A child that escaped from his mother touches a member of Swiss guard during the general audience led by Pope Francis at Paul VI hall at the Vatican, November 28, 2018. REUTERS/Max Rossi TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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VATICAN CITY (Reuters) 

A young boy upstaged Pope Francis on Wednesday, escaping from his mother and running onto the papal podium at a general audience, tugging on the hand of a Swiss guardsman and playing behind the pontiff’s chair

The boy’s mother briefly spoke to the pope as she tried to pull the child away, saying that he was mute. Pope Francis told her to let him carry on playing.

 

Pope Francis leads the weekly general audience at Paul VI hall at the Vatican
A child that escaped from his mother walks during the general audience led by Pope Francis at Paul VI hall at the Vatican, November 28, 2018. REUTERS/Max Rossi

 

“This child cannot speak. He is mute. But he can communicate,” the pope told hundreds of pilgrims. “And he has something that got me thinking: he is free. Unruly … but he is free,” he added to laughter.

“Let’s ask the grace (of God) that he may speak.”

 

 

The mother told the pope that the family came from his native Argentina. As she left the stage, a smiling Francis leaned towards Bishop Georg Ganswein sitting next to him and whispered: “He is Argentinian. Undisciplined.”

 

(Reporting by Crispian Balmer; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

 

More photos ahead …

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