Pope Francis invited Spider-Man to the Vatican


At his weekly audience at the Vatican on June 23, Pope Francis had a special visitor: Spider-Man.

Well, not quite. Mattia Villardita, was dressed as the superhero—his childhood idol. It helps that he channels many of Spider-Man’s most noteworthy qualities by bringing joy to children in need.

Mr. Villardita was invited to sit in the V.I.P. section of the San Damaso courtyard, where the general audience with Pope Francis has been taking place during the pandemic. And he was easy to spot as he sat at the end of one of the rows dressed in a full Spider-Man costume next to a priest wearing all black.

The real-life superhero was invited to the audience because of his everyday commitment to bring joy to suffering children. Read more

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