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Pope Francis Meets Adorable Baby Pope

MINI-POPE.

Posted on February 26, 2014, at 11:38 a.m. ET

Pope Francis met an adorable baby pope as he arrived at his weekly general audience at the Vatican on Wednesday.

Osservatore Romano / Reuters

The pope appeared to be delighted with his tiny doppelgänger, stopping the Popemobile so he could greet the youngster...

And give the overwhelmed little guy a kiss.

Nineteen month-old Daniele De Sanctis' grandmother made the costume for him, his mother told the Associated Press. "It was a gesture of love toward the Holy Father."

AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino
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Little Daniele was not the only child dressed up to celebrate Carnival, the festive season leading up to Lent. The pope also blessed a child in a dragon costume...

And a tiny Swiss Guard.

But clearly, the mini-pope was the best costume of the day.

AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino
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