October 30th, 2013
08:49 AM ET

Cute kid won't leave Pope Francis alone

(CNN) - A cute little boy joined Pope Francis on stage in St. Peter's Square last weekend during a Catholic celebration of the family and refused to leave, forcing the pontiff to put Jesus' words about "suffering" the little children into practice.

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    November 27, 2013 at 11:22 pm |
  3. G'ma

    I met a child like this recently. He had developmental and physical problems, was unable to speak, didn't make eye contact, had jerky movements, and walked up to strangers to see what they were doing and get a hug. His older brother was close by keeping an eye on him, but everyone was kind to the child. He especially liked my teenage grandson who let him play with his Nintendo DS.
    The child with the Pope showed many of the same qualities, but can walk without limping

    November 8, 2013 at 12:46 am |
  4. Carlos Madrigal

    Now is the time for all men to come to the aid of their fellow man.

    November 7, 2013 at 4:27 pm |
  5. nina

    I can't believe the negative comments. This was a child hugging a man who happens to be the pope (I'm not Christian btw). They say that animals and children know goodness – this child has demonstrated this love and trust in a man who in Catholicism is the epitome of love and trust. How can this not be seen as cute, wholesome, reaffirming the faith in the pope. and remember, I'm not Catholic and not even Christian and I thought this was absolutely beautiful to see.

    November 7, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
  6. Andrea

    Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14 . Jesus would of never turned his back on child. I admire Pope Francis for being a humble man. Pope Francis didn't seem to mind at all so why should anyone else. 🙂

    November 4, 2013 at 4:49 pm |
    • steve

      There is a chance he was talking about Jews not actual children. Children of God were what what the Jews were considered and called in the old testament. Most of the new testament is in a form of writing called- midrash. For example when we hear the term- Ground zero on 9/11 – we know what happened. Ground zero means the spot of a nuclear attack, but we know because we lived through it that that didnt happen. Also most of what Jesus says draws off of well known Jewish text. The kingdom of God belong to the Jews who come to Jesus...

      November 7, 2013 at 10:24 am |
      • Kat

        You need to read the Bible to understand the context. There actually were children surrounding Jesus, all wanting to talk to him. One of his disciples offered to get them away so Jesus could just talk to adults. Jesus then said no, let them come. It really is about children.

        November 7, 2013 at 10:30 am |
      • Kat

        Luke 18:15-16

        November 7, 2013 at 10:31 am |
      • Joy

        There was no nuclear attack on 9/11. Those were ordinary passenger planes that had been hijacked and deliberately flown into the twin towers. It was a terrible tragedy done by extremists, and we will never forget. But it wasn't a nuclear attack.

        November 7, 2013 at 12:09 pm |
        • Kim

          He means the actual dictionary definition of the term "ground zero". One of definitions is "the sight of a nuclear explosion" or something like that...anyways...potato/potatoe. However, the quote when Jesus said Let the little children come to me was actually referring to young people, not the Jewish people who are also called the children of God. So grateful to be among those who are grafted in, without this promise, there would be no hope at all in this life! Thank you Lord. <3

          November 7, 2013 at 3:56 pm |
      • Marie

        Although Catholic, the Pope is a Christian too and therefor also know that the New Testament is "in place" of the Old Testament and he will definitely not be talking about Jewish children. The Kingdom of God does not only belong to the Jews who come to Christ, but to ALL who believes that Jesus is their Lord and Savior. There is a very big difference between the two.

        November 11, 2013 at 7:42 am |
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