Pope Francis gained an unexpected attendant at the weekend after a little boy wandered onto the stage as he was addressing thousands of pilgrims in St. Peter's Square.
The unidentified boy refused to leave the Pope's side, clinging to his legs while two Cardinals encouraged him to sit back down with sweets.
But Pope Francis appeared not to mind, allowing the youngster to sit on his chair and, at one point, resting a hand affectionately on his head.
He even helped the Pope to greet representatives from more than 80 countries, leading one little girl up to stand next to the pontiff before inspecting her gift.
The boy's actions seemed oddly appropriate as the Pope celebrated Family Day with hundreds of families of pilgrims from all over the world.