Hmm what’s this? Pope Francis’ skullcap is taken off his head by a curious child (Picture: AP)
Pope Francis struggled to hold on to his skullcap after a playful youngster snatched it from the pontiff’s head.
The 76-year-old was all smiles when he met the young boy at the Santa Marta Institute in the Vatican, which provides medical care to children.
I’ve got it: The boy lifts the cap off the Pope’s head (Picture: AP)
The Pope had picked up the boy when he became fascinated by the white cap traditionally worn on the head of the Catholic church leader.
He smiled as the boy carefully examined the accessory before carefully retrieving it from the curious youngster.
I like what you’ve done with your hair: The boy caresses Pope Francis’ head (Picture: AFP)
In the meantime, the boy turned his attention to the Pope’s hair.
Back in its rightful place: Pope Francis puts his skullcap back on as the boy continues to examine his head (Picture: Reuters)
Earlier this month Pope Francis was named ‘man of the year’ by Time magazine.
The pontiff – the first-ever South American pope, was chosen as the person who had the greatest impact on the world, for good or bad, in the past year.
Time managing editor Nancy Gibbs said the former Argentinean Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio had changed the tone, the perception and focus of one of the world’s largest institutions in an extraordinary way.
Vatican spokesman the Rev Federico Lombardi said: ‘The Holy Father is not looking to become famous or to receive honours.
‘But if the choice of person of year helps spread the message of the Gospel – a message of God’s love for everyone – he will certainly be happy about that.’
He is the third Catholic pope to receive the honour after John Paul II in 1994 and John XXIII in 1962.
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