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Pope Francis: Comical scenes from the 6 years of this pontificate

Pope Francis takes risks

We know that our good pope is particularly fond of circus arts. In June 2016, on the occasion of the Jubilee for circus performers and traveling shows, he didn’t hesitate to pet a tiger.

When a little girl stole the Holy Father’s zucchetto

On March 22, 2017, after the general audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis greeted the crowd massed in St. Peter's Square, as he always does. As he kissed a little girl named Estella Westrick, she tried to steal his white cap and almost got away with it! The good-humored pope reclaimed his skullcap, with a great burst of laughter.

When Francis broke his ferula ...

The papal ferula, the liturgical staff that symbolizes the spiritual and temporal power of the Successor of Peter, is one of eight specific ornaments reserved for Peter's Successors. On June 6, 2015, during a visit to Sarajevo (Bosnia), there was a moment of consternation: The ferula broke just before Mass in the Olympic Stadium. But this pope isn’t easily discouraged! The pope, a proponent of simplicity, contented himself with repairing the ferula for the moment with a piece of tape.

Pope Francis and restless children

On November 28, 2018, during the general audience, a fearless toddler escaped the care of his mother, going on stage to play with the costume of a Swiss Guard just a few meters from the pontiff. The child, who cannot hear or speak, was probably of fan of the feathers and stripes. This intrusion didn’t bother the Argentine pontiff, who exclaimed happily: "He is undisciplined, but he is free."

You can watch the video here.

Was the pope trying to disguise himself?

One might think that the pope was disguising himself as a Roman nun. In reality, the wind blows where it wills, and that day it chose to blow in the Vatican at the time of the pope's visit to St. Peter's Square.

Pope Francis and the media

On the night of September 10 to 11, 2017, returning from Colombia, during the press conference on the plane, the pope sat in the middle of the journalists because of the turbulence, a rather unusual choice on the part of a sovereign pontiff.

In this photo, he sits next to the director of the Vatican Press Office, Greg Burke, on January 22, 2018, returning from a trip to Chile and Peru.

A flighty papal zucchetto

Moreover, the wind blew so much on one occasion that the Argentine pontiff’s skullcap packed its bags and took off. Fortunately, Francis takes these kinds of small mishaps with a big smile.

Pope Francis spins the ball

On January 2, 2019, the pope was able to attend some performances by the artists of the circus of Cuba -- a show of dancers with colorful costumes, lively Latino music, and agile gymnasts. The Argentinian pope himself took part in the show when one of the artists put a ball on his index finger, which the pontiff spun, with brio and with obvious pleasure. It definitely got everyone's attention!

"I got a black eye"

On September 10, 2017, during a visit to Cartagena, Colombia, the pope banged his face against the window of his popemobile when the driver had to brake abruptly. His bodyguards came to his rescue. Almost immediately, though wounded in the left eyebrow and cheekbone, he continued to greet the crowd. He didn’t lose his sense of humor and said a little later: "I didn’t see the window, and bam! ... [...] I was given a black eye."

A great lover of maté

Originally from Argentina, Pope Francis particularly loves to drink maté, a traditional tea from Latin America that’s consumed as an infusion in a small container (usually a hollowed-out gourd) with a filter pipe. Even today in Italy, he continues to drink it, even including during general audiences if someone offers him a sip!

Benevolent towards those who protect him

In January 2018, at the end of his Latin American trip, a horse bucked at the passage of the popemobile in the city of Iquique (in the north of the country), throwing off its rider—a policewoman—in the process. Peter’s Successor stopped the convoy to check on her and to give her some words of consolation.