Boy Wanders Onto Stage To Hang Out With #Pope Francis

While representatives from more than 80 countries addressed the pope, a little boy walked onto the stage to say hello.

While representatives from more than 80 countries addressed the pope, a little boy walked onto the stage to say hello.

Boy Wanders Onto Stage To Hang Out With Pope Francis
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Boy Wanders Onto Stage To Hang Out With Pope Francis
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Pope Francis was visibly amused when the child stayed on the stage instead of returning to his seat on the steps.

Boy Wanders Onto Stage To Hang Out With Pope Francis
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He refused to leave the pope’s side, even at the encouragement of several cardinals.

Boy Wanders Onto Stage To Hang Out With Pope Francis
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When the representatives came forward to greet the pope, the little boy was initially not amused.

Boy Wanders Onto Stage To Hang Out With Pope Francis
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But then he realized what was going on and decided to help out.

Boy Wanders Onto Stage To Hang Out With Pope Francis
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Boy Wanders Onto Stage To Hang Out With Pope Francis
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When Pope Francis began his speech, an aide attempted once again to make the child return to his seat.

When Pope Francis began his speech, an aide attempted once again to make the child return to his seat.

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The little boy refused, wrapping his arms around the pope in a tight hug.

The little boy refused, wrapping his arms around the pope in a tight hug.

Osservatore Romano / Reuters

Pope Francis didn’t seem to mind.

Boy Wanders Onto Stage To Hang Out With Pope Francis
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In fact, he seated the boy on his chair before resuming his speech.

Love. Kid runs on stage during @Pontifex speech, hugs him, Pope sits him on his chair to continue the speech.

Osservatore Romano / Reuters

Luke 18:16: “Let the children come to me and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”

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How Hope and Change Gave Way to Spying on the Press – The Daily Beast

How Hope and Change Gave Way to Spying on the Press

by Kirsten Powers May 21, 2013 4:45 AM EDT

Much of the Fourth Estate shrugged when the Obama administration attacked Fox News, writes Kirsten Powers. But now it’s coming for them, too.

First they came for Fox News, and they did not speak out—because they were not Fox News. Then they came for government whistleblowers, and they did not speak out—because they were not government whistleblowers. Then they came for the maker of a YouTube video, and—okay, we know how this story ends. But how did we get here?

James Rosen (Fox News, via Media Matters)

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James Rosen (Fox News, via Media Matters)

 

Turns out it’s a fairly swift sojourn from a president pushing to “delegitimize” a news organization to threatening criminal prosecution for journalistic activity by a Fox News reporter, James Rosen, to spying on Associated Press reporters. In between, the Obama administration found time to relentlessly persecute government whistleblowers and publicly harass and condemn a private American citizen for expressing his constitutionally protected speech in the form of an anti-Islam YouTube video.

Where were the media when all this began happening? With a few exceptions, they were acting as quiet enablers.

via How Hope and Change Gave Way to Spying on the Press – The Daily Beast.