Come On In, Get Comfy! Pope Francis’ Relaxed Attitude Means That People Are Taking His Seat

Pope Francis continues to surprise and charm with his warmth and hospitality.

I see a meme developing:  Pope giving up his chair to someone…. a soldier, an athlete, a child…. and choosing to stand.

Back in April, when we were just getting to know him, Pope Francis brought a chair (and a sandwich!) outside to a member of the Swiss Guard who had been assigned to guard his doorway at the Domus Sanctae Marthae.

In June, Pope Francis invited 17-year-old Alberto di Tullio, who has Down syndrome, to climb up onto his open-top Mercedes popemobile at the conclusion of the Wednesday Audience.  As some 80,000 pilgrims watched in St. Peter’s Square, di Tullio spun around and around in the Pope’s customary seat, while a standing Pope Francis watched and smiled.


The Buenos Aires Herald printed this photo of Argentine forward Ezequiel Lavezzi seated in Pope Francis’ chair when the Argentine soccer star and his team visited the Vatican in August.



Deacon Greg Kandra shared this photo of a small child leading Pope Francis to his seat when the pope visited Assisi.



And now this:  A small child sits happily in the Pope’s chair
on the dais during a General Audience in front of St. Peter’s Basilica.  This photo was posted by Fr. Roderick Vonhögen, and I’m not sure when it was taken.




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