It took a split second for him to realize what happened. As Pope Francis leaned forward to give Estella Westrick a kiss on the cheek as he greeted the faithful on St. Peter’s Square, the 3-year-old from Georgia caused a sensation by reaching up and yanking his white skullcap, or zucchetto, off his head.
The pope broke out into good-humored guffaws when he realized what had happened. And video of the encounter went viral on social media.
Took my Goddaughter to meet the pope. She stole his hat! pic.twitter.com/SdSorop3uN
— Mountain Butorac (@MountainButorac) March 22, 2017
“Right before she went up she was a little nervous,” Butorac told CNN. “Then she stole his hat. It was hilarious. Everyone was laughing, including the pope.”
Butorac posted the footage on Twitter and Facebook with the comment: “Took my Goddaughter to meet the pope! She stole his hat!”