VATICAN CITY — Move over Archbishop Ganswein, there’s a new kid in town. Well, just temporarily.
For about an hour Saturday evening, during Pope Francis’ meeting with families in St. Peter’s Square, a little boy took over as prefect of the papal household: he helped bring guests up to the pope, he tried to take presents off the pope’s hands, he adjusted the pope’s microphone… He didn’t leave the pope’s side, just like a perfect prefect would do during many public and private audiences.
But the little boy got a lot more leeway than the archbishop and was allowed to sit in the papal chair when his legs got tired, he got some candy from the pope’s other helpers, and he got a ton of head-pats, smiles and smirks. Not bad for a first job.
Through a series of screen-grabs, we’ve compiled several of our favorite shots from that night here, showing the papal helper in action:
Anyone interested in watching the event (in Italian) can go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y184FerFMJ4 . The child (whose name has not been made public) begins his debut at 3:19:39.