The head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis recently had a rare encounter with a Spiderman in his church.
Pictures and videos showed the pontiff delivering his sermon, completely unfazed by the ‘superhero’s’ presence.
The man behind the mask turned out to be Mattia Villardita, 27, from northern Italy. He was given a place in the VIP section because of his work dressing up in superhero costumes and visiting sick children in hospitals.
The 28-year-old has been performing in paediatric hospitals dressed as the comic book superhero for the past four years.
He was rewarded with the VIP seat at the pope’s weekly audience for his selfless service.
“The real superheroes are the children who are suffering and their families who are fighting with so much hope,” Villardita told the Vatican’s media outlet, Vatican News.
Villardita said he asked Pope Francis to pray for the children and their families, news agency AP reported.
The masked man even had a chance to shake hands with the Pope and gift him a Spider-Man mask.
Sat among the faithful, a person dressed in the famous red and blue costume was seen listening intently to the pontiff’s message.
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