For about an hour last 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.

But the little boy got a lot more leeway than the current top papal aide, Archbishop George Ganswein, and was allowed to sit in the papal chair when his legs got tired. The boy also got some candy from the pope’s other helpers, and he got a ton of head-pats, smiles and smirks. 

Through a series of screen-grabs, Catholic News Service compiled several shots from that night here, showing the papal helper in action.


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