The four year-old grandson of Malta’s President George Abela met with the pope and gave him a plastic dinosaur as a gift.
Vatican City (Vatican City State (holy See)), 21/03/2014.- A handout image released by Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano shows Pope Francis (R) caresses Luca, grandson of Malta’s President George Abela, as his mother Lidia (L) looks on during a private audience in the Pontiff’s studio, at the Vatican, Vatican City, 21 March 2014. (Papa) EFE/EPA/CLAUDIO PERI (Yahoo)
Catholic Culture reported:
Pope Francis met on March 21 with Malta’s President George Abela, for a conversation that centered on the deep influence of Christianity in the life of Malta. The two also spoke about European issues, particularly immigration.
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The ceremonial exchange of gifts between the Pontiff and the Maltese leader took an unusual turn when Abela’s grandson, 4-year-old Luca Abela, presented Pope Francis with a gift of his own: a plastic toy dinosaur. The Pope reportedly broke with protocol to use the gift immediately, playing with Luca and three other young children in the Maltese delegation.