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Boy Pope skullcap: 'Beanie' for Pope Francis removed by child

The "Boy Pope skullcap" buzz has gone viral. Saturday, while visiting a children's infirmary on Vatican grounds, a child yanked off Pope Francis' beanie aka zucchetto, from his head and played with Jorge Mario Bergoglio's white hair, according to a Dec. 16 Christian Post news report.

 Pope Francis greets disabled people as he leaves St. Peter's square at the end of his weekly audience on December 4, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican.
Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images

What does a boy, Pope, skullcap, and video have in common? Well, it makes for one helluva story right before the Bishop of Rome turns 77 on Tuesday.

Francis visited the Santa Marta Institute, a pediatric benefactor that has been supporting children and families for nearly a century. There, he greeted throngs of people and the media. And as he normally does, the new Pope found a child in the crowd to hold.

While holding the child, the boy took the Pope's hat off the Catholic leader's head. And while the toddler played with Francis' hair, he never missed a beat.

The pontiff has been in the news a lot as of late: He was voted Time magazine's Person of the Year and called a Marxist by conservative radio host, Rush Limbaugh, over his attack on executive pay and capitalism.

Although a boy took a Pope skullcap off the pontiff's head, Francis can deal with the global attention. After all, the former psychology teacher-turned-Papal leader, was a bouncer in his hometown Argentina.

Watch the video above.


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