Sunday 22 July 2018

Pope Francis surprised by young fan on stage

Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

Pope Francis was surprised during a speech when a young fan ran on stage and refused to leave, despite several bishops attempting to get him to leave the stage.

The 'boy in yellow', as he is being referred to online, ran up on stage while the Pope was giving a speech in Lampedusa.

The boy got in between dignitaries and the pope before dragging a young girl over to introduce her to the Pope himself.

The Pontifex was very good-natured about the situation as the child hugged him while he was speaking. He then sat the child in his chair to continue with his speech.


Watch the video above.

In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, a young boy, no name available, hugs Pope Francis as he delivers his speech during an audience with families in St. Peter's Square gathered for the Pontifical Council for the Familyís plenary assembly, at the Vatican, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. A young boy, part of a group of children sitting around the stage where the pontiff was delivering his message to families, played around Pope Francis as he continued delivering his speech, occasionally patting the boy's head. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)
In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, a young boy, no name available, hugs Pope Francis as he delivers his speech during an audience with families in St. Peter's Square gathered for the Pontifical Council for the Familyís plenary assembly, at the Vatican, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. A young boy, part of a group of children sitting around the stage where the pontiff was delivering his message to families, played around Pope Francis as he continued delivering his speech, occasionally patting the boy's head. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)

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