Pope Francis lets boy ride his ‘Popemobile’
Daily Telegraph, 20 June 2013
Pope Francis offered a 17-year-old boy with Downs Syndrome a very rare privilege during his general audience on Wednesday—a personal tour of the ‘Popemobile’.
Pope Francis invited Alberto di Tullio, 17, up onto his open-top Mercedes at the end of his general audience on Wednesday while tens of thousands of people looked on.
The boy’s father, Celestino di Tullio, told reporters how he choked up when Francis approached his son. He said the Pope saw him and embraced him. When the boy pointed to the car, the Pope invited him up.
Footage shows the Pope and Alberto chatting on the open-deck of the ‘Popemobile’ before the teenager had a go in the pope’s white swivel chair.