Since Pope Francis was elected pope one year ago, he has enjoyed increasing popularity all over the world.
Now the pontiff has become a source of inspiration for the latest must-have costume for the annual Carnival celebrations, which mark the period before lent.
Just last Sunday, a boy in full papal costume was photographed walking with his mother walking in the Vatican.
The photograph, which was published on the ‘Associazione Nazionale Papaboys’ Facebook page, was widely circulated on Facebook, Twitter and in the Italian press.
But not everyone found the costume endearing, Vatican Insider reported.
While many speculated that the pontiff was some kind of “superhero” to the child, others criticized the child’s parents for making him wear such a “ridiculous” and inappropriate costume.
On Wednesday, the pontiff finally came face-to-face with one of his miniature selves in St Peter’s Square.
While the pontiff appeared to be in good spirits as he kissed the child, the child apparently didn’t feel the same way.
One-year-old Daniele promptly burst into tears as he was passed to the pontiff.