Moment a boy with learning difficulties climbs on stage to meet the Pope

Moment a boy with learning difficulties climbs on stage to meet the Pope
Moment a boy with learning difficulties climbs on stage to meet the Pope
Moment a boy with learning difficulties runs through barrier and climbs on stage to meet the Pope before being offered a chair next to the pontiff during Vatican general audience Francis shook hands with Paolo Junior, 10, who pointed at pontiff's white skullcap, asking if he could wear it Smiling Pope invited Paolo to sit down at his right side as the head of the papal household gave up his chair As the boy sat down he started clapping enthusiastically, much to the amusement of His Holiness Paolo was eventually granted his wish and given a white cap like the Pope's before walking back to his seat Pope later said 'may the Lord help him with his limitation' as he praised 'spontaneity and freedom' of children

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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

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

The Pope waving to him as he goes back to sit down with his own white skullcap one

The Pope reaches out to shake hands with the approaching boy, left, before waving to him as he goes back to sit down with

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