VATICAN CITY (NBC/EBU/VATICAN TV) - A little boy befriended Pope Francis throughout the weekend when he wandered on stage in front of thousands of people.
A crowd of around 150,000 had gathered in St. Peter's Square for an event about families.
The boy, who was wearing a yellow shirt, stood close to Pope Francis as speakers addressed the audience.
At one point, the pontiff smiled and patted him on the cheek.
The boy stayed on stage while Pope Francis spoke to the crowd.
Video of the interaction between the boy and the pontiff has since gone viral.