PopeFrancis w boy-CBSvidWhile waving to the crowd in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Wednesday, Pope Francis invited a teen with Down Syndrome to climb aboard his open top Popemobile.

The Catholic church leader gestured for him to sit down in the white captain’s chair and even gave the swivel seat a spin while hundreds watched and clapped.

AP reports that the Pontif’s attention might have been first attracted to the Argentinian colors on the boys jersey, which was given to him by his parish priest to wear for his trip to Rome.

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