The Boy Who Surprised an Entire Stadium During Pope Francis’ Visit to DR Congo

Daniel IbĂĄnez, EWTN / Vatican News, Youtube, Screenshot

Several days have passed since Pope Francis’ first day visiting the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Hundreds of photographs and videos flood social networks, showing the devotion and popular fervor of the Catholic community in that country.

On Feb. 2, the Holy Father went to the Martyrs’ Stadium in Kinshasa for a meeting with young Catholics and catechists. Images of the nearly 65,000 faithful listening to Pope Francis began circulating immediately.

At a certain point, while the Supreme Pontiff gave his message to the attendees, an image of a child impressed the entire stadium.

The broadcast focused on a little boy dressed as a cardinal blessing the attendees from the center of the stadium.

Watch the clip below:

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The child’s identity is still unknown, but a few minutes after the end of the transmission, images of the little boy began circulating.

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Here’s another post with additional photos:

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Several social media users reacted to the photos.

One user laughed and said, “Congo is blessed and full of talent.”

Another user said, “World’s youngest cardinal.”

This user added, “Currently, this young Congolese pops up in my timeline more often than Pope Francs. And I’m following a whole bunch of journalists who are with the Pope in the DRC… / The boy is still too young. In just under 70 years he could be considered for the papal office.”

Here’s some highlights from Pope Francis’ third day in the Democratic Republic of the Congo:

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What do you think of this little guy’s gesture?

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Andrés Jaromezuk is the editor the Spanish edition of ChurchPOP.

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Jacqueline Burkepile is the editor for the English edition of ChurchPOP. She is a journalist, former university campus minister, and a wife and mother. You can follow her posts on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and Twitter.



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