The faith of a child

Last weekend, the Pope welcomed participants in the Pilgrimage for Families to the tomb of St. Peter as part of the Year of Faith. While the event boasted balloons, acrobats and music, the event was made even more festive when a little boy wandered on stage and made himself at home with the Holy Father.

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Papa Francesco didn’t seem to mind and even showed the child his pectoral cross, to which the little boy responded by kissing it.

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The little boy then wandered off somewhere behind the Holy Father only to reappear a few moments later.

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As the representatives from all over the world finish their speeches and make their way to greet the Holy Father, the boy remains by his side…

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… even when a cardinal tries to escort him back to his seat on the steps.

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Instead, the boy decides to stay on stage and help Pope Francis greet the speakers, much to the amusement of the same cardinal who tried to return the child to his seat.

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Apparently the little guy decides the Holy Father is taking too long when he ushers the girl waiting with her family to come forward.

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As the Pope begins his address another man steps in to try to get the boy to sit back down, this time by bribing him with candy…

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… but even that won’t convince him to leave his Papa.

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(Although he does appreciate the candy, thank you very much.)

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The boy remains by Pope Francis’ side …

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But, as one can imagine, helping the Holy Father is hard work so the boy takes a rest in the Pope’s seat.

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Who knows, maybe we were watching the future Pope Francis II up there?

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Perhaps we could take some pointers from this little guy and approach God with the same fidelity and persistence as he does the Pope?

To watch coverage of the whole event from Vatican Television, click here.