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It’s something so childish—so otherwise unthinkable—that only a toddler could do it: A 3-year-old girl briefly snatched the zucchetto right off of Pope Francis’ head.
Estella Westrick was on a trip to Rome with her parents from Georgia to see her godfather, Mountain Butorac, the tour guide behind the Catholic Traveler blog. During a trip to the Vatican, an aide lifted her to meet the Pope, and she quickly made her move. The best part of the snafu, though, is the Pope’s response. He lets a hearty laugh, the kind you really feel in your chest.
Took my Goddaughter to meet the pope. She stole his hat! pic.twitter.com/SdSorop3uN— Mountain Butorac (@MountainButorac) March 22, 2017
“Right before she went up she was a little nervous,” her godfather, Mountain Butorac, told CNN. “Then she stole his hat. It was hilarious. Everyone was laughing, including the Pope.”
Austin Powell is the former managing editor of the Daily Dot. His work focuses on the intersection of entertainment and technology. He previously served as a music columnist for the Austin Chronicle and is the co-author of The Austin Chronicle Music Anthology.