This is the heartwarming moment a boy with learning difficulties ran through a barrier to meet the Pope before being offered a chair next to the pontiff.
Francis shook hands with ten-year-old Paolo Junior who pointed at the pontiff's white skullcap, asking if he could wear it.
The Pope, smiling as he did so, invited Paolo to sit down at his right side as the head of the papal household, Monsignor Leonardo Sapienza, gave up his chair.
As the boy sat down he started clapping enthusiastically, much to the amusement of His Holiness who later praised the boy for the way he had 'come close and moved around as if he were at home.'
Paolo was eventually granted his wish and given a white cap like the Pope's before walking back to sit with his family as the Paul VI hall erupted with applause.
Ten-year-old Paolo reaches out to the Pontiff's white skullcap during the general audience in the Paul VI hall of the Vatican on Wednesday
The Pope reaches out to shake hands with the approaching boy, left, before waving to him as he goes back to sit down with