Little boy sits in pope's chair, steals the show

A young boy hugs Pope Francis as he delivers his speech during an audience with families in St. Peter's Square on Saturday, Oct. 26.

A boy stole the show from Pope Francis Saturday during an event in front of thousands in St. Peter's Square, sitting in the pope's chair and hugging him.

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis was delivering a homily but a little boy stole the show.

Francis was speaking in St. Peter's Square about the important role grandparents play when a little boy walked up behind him and confidently climbed up and sat down on the pontiff's white chair.

The Vatican says Francis was surrounded by elderly faithful and their grandchildren Saturday night at a rally to encourage family life when the boy came up, wearing a striped shirt, jeans and sneakers.

Acting like an indulgent grandpa, Francis let the boy explore the area undisturbed before tens of thousands of people. The pope smiled while reading his speech as the boy sat in the empty chair, gazed up at him and even at one point clung to the pontiff's legs.

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