Pope Francis is said to be a pope of the people, and when a little boy in yellow jumped on stage during an official Vatican event, he didn't seem to mind. Appropriately, the pope was addressing Catholics gathered in Rome for the Pontifical Council for the Family when the young boy stole the show, grabbing onto the pope's leg and not letting go. Pope Francis took it in stride, simply smiling as the boy took hold of the cross around his neck and kissed it. The Vatican also Instagrammed a photo of the boy getting comfy in the pope's chair.
Brighten your day now by watching the adorable video below.
Pope Francis is already making a startling impact in the first few months of his tenure by openly reaching out to the gay community. During a candid 80-minute news conference, the new pope had this to say about homosexual clergymen: "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" The pope's tolerant comments signal a major sea change in international opinion and legislation, but hate crimes and new antigay laws in Russia show that the struggle for same-sex couples is far from over. We're reviewing all the recent milestones and setbacks in the gay rights movement to find out where the world stands on this hot-button issue.
Designers get their inspiration from all sorts of places, people, and ideas, but the latest muse to have an influence on the runway seems to have come from above. In her review of the recent collections shown in Rome, fashion critic Suzy Menkes points to Pope Francis as the reason so many designers turned out simple, conservative pieces that are reminiscent of chic robes and vestments.
"It's a whole new spirit in Rome, and this is evident when we have a new pope going back to real Christianity, which lately was far from the church," said Silvia Venturini Fendi, who codesigns for Fendi with Karl Lagerfeld. "People are looking for meaning, and the real meaning of fashion is as a tool to express yourself."
But will people express themselves with conservative clothing inspired by the pope, who tends to wear simpler, more minimal garb than his Prada-clad predecessor? Or have we simply entered a period when many designers are creating more modernist clothing that's easy to wear? Tell us what you think about this potential new trend by casting your vote below.