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Pope Francis Gives Two Kids A Ride In The Popemobile

After greeting a group of schoolchildren, the pope invited two of the students to join him for a ride around St. Peter's Square.

Last updated on July 3, 2018, at 12:39 p.m. ET

Posted on April 16, 2014, at 1:43 p.m. ET

During his general audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis stopped the popemobile and went over to greet a group of fifth-graders from Perugia, Italy.

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Seemingly joking, he asked the students if anybody wanted to go for a spin around St. Peter's Square with him. Lots of people volunteered.

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Pope Francis picked 11-year-olds Livio Bastianelli and Davide Maria Bianchi, and two of his ushers helped the boys over the barricade.

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Then they climbed aboard the popemobile...

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And they were off!

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Bastianelli later told the Associated Press, "I was really excited. That never happens!"

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When he reached the front of the square, Pope Francis blessed the boys and sent them back to rejoin their group.

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Watch the once-in-a-lifetime ride.

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