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Friday 31 March 2023 Dublin: 9°C
AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia
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Pope Francis gives two kids a lift on the PopeMobile and has the craic with them
“I was really excited. That never happens!”.

AS IF HE weren’t already thought of as a bit of a legend, Pope Francis gave two lucky kids a lift around St Peter’s Square in the PopeMobile today, and by all accounts had the craic with them.

The Pope was driving through the Square in his white, open-air car during his general audience when he hopped off to chat to a group of schoolchildren. The kids gave him a t-shirt from their school in Perugia in central Italy.

The Pope asked – half jokingly – if any of them wanted to take a spin through the square and, predictably, the kids got VERY excited.

Vatican Pope AP Photo / Gregorio Borgia The Pope with the two boys AP Photo / Gregorio Borgia / Gregorio Borgia

As they jostled to get picked, the Pope picked out 11-year-olds Livio Bastianelli and Davide Maria Bianchi, who were lifted over the barrier by the Pope’s bodyguards.


(Video: Vatican/Youtube) 

The two kids hopped on board the car and drove the short distance with the Pope.

Livio told The Associated Press: “I was really excited. That never happens!”.

Any chance we could get a lift to the pub? No?

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