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A ride on the Popemobile: Pope gives a lift to two kids in St. Peter's Square
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Vatican City , April 16, 2014
First Published: 20:43 IST(16/4/2014)
Last Updated: 20:52 IST(16/4/2014)

Pope Francis has given a lift to two lucky kids during his general audience in St. Peter's Square.

A particularly jovial Francis hopped off his white, open-air car Wednesday to greet a group of fifth graders from Perugia who presented him with a T-shirt from their school. Seemingly joking, Francis asked if any of them wanted to take a spin through the square.

Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he arrives to lead his general audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican. (Reuters photo)

"Me! Me! Me!" they yelled.

Francis picked 11-year-olds Livio Bastianelli and Davide Maria Bianchi and the two hopped aboard.

Bastianelli told The Associated Press it was a ride of a lifetime: "I was really excited. That never happens!"

Francis' sense of humor was also on display later, as he joked that a monsignor, forced to cut short a reading because of a nagging cough, was "getting old."

Pope greets children that he invited on the popemobile in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican. (AP photo)

Pope greets children that he invited on the popemobile in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican. (AP photo)


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