Nightly News   |  October 30, 2013

Little boy steals the show at Vatican

A 7-year-old provided comic relief for the Pope as he ran on stage, sat in the Pope’s seat – and eventually gave the Pope a hug. The entire time, Pope Francis never missed a beat while delivering a speech about family in St. Peter’s Square. NBC’s Anne Thompson reports.

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>>> finally tonight another new indicator. pope francis isn't like the others who came before him. the latest evidence was how he handled an unplanned young visitor on stage this past weekend. it's pretty remarkable to watch. our report tonight from nbc's anne thompson . we are the world we are the children

>> reporter: this weekend pope francis learned why w.c. fields cautioned never work with children or animals. 7-year-old did irgsier, the boy in the yellow shirt stole the show. he first provided comic relief for the pontiff. running away from his father to kiss the papal cross . an archbishop tries to convince him to leave, but he's having none of it. instead, he decides to help francis . first he plays body guard . then he tries to break up a handshake. unsuccessful, he decides to become a papal usher. watch as this girl gives the pope a white house . see the little hand grabbing the gift? guess who. a security guard tries to offer him a piece of candy. he takes the candy and goes to hug the pope instead. delivering a speech about the family, the pope never misses a beat. even when didier decides to sit down, helping himself to the pope's seat. spontaneity is a hallmark of francis 's papacy. though it's raised eyebrows, most kre lent i when he was mobbed in rio. they say it seems to under line his message. on this occasion telling families they need three key words, please, thank you and sorry. it's clear this little boy will need at least one. anne thompson , nbc news, new york.