"During the papal motorcade through Rio on July 26, Nathan de Brito broke through the security barrier and climbed onto the popemobile to greet Pope Francis. He expressed his desire to be a priest, and the Holy Father said he would pray for him," Catholic News Agency reported.
"As of today, your vocation is set," said Francis, moved to tears as he embraced the 9-year-old boy.
Brazil’s O Globo TV network reported that the little boy received a warm welcome from his classmates as school resumed July 30, CNA also reported.
"I need to learn a little bit of theology," de Brito said with a smile, also stating that he is ready for "everything" that being a priest means.
"His good behavior shows the Christian principles that have been rooted in him, such as obedience," said his teacher Keyla Fernandes.
Father Valdir Mesquita, the pastor of de Brito’s parish, said, "This encounter [with the Pope] will certainly remain in his heart and will forever change his life."
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