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Little boy evades security for private talk with Pope

February 02, 2011

A little boy squirted past security officers to approach Pope Benedict XVI during the regular papal public audience on February 2.

Bolting from his parents, the boy gained the stage of the Paul VI auditorium, where the audience was being held, as the Pope was reading short versions of his Wednesday talk in various languages. Guards quickly closed in, but the Holy Father signaled that they should back away, letting the little boy approach.

Pope Benedict spoke to the boy quietly and gave him a blessing, before returning him to his parents, to the delight of the crowd in the auditorium.


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  • Posted by: Mike in Toronto - Feb. 04, 2011 12:38 AM ET USA

    Jesus said, "Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven." (Mt 19:14, RSVCE)

  • Posted by: rpp - Feb. 02, 2011 7:17 PM ET USA

    A cute story. I am certain that little boy will remember this for his entire life. Sort of reminds me of St. Therese of Liseaux.