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Boy rushes past tight security to meet pope

February 2, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A young boy stole the show at Pope Benedict's weekly audience.

The boy somehow sneaked past tight security at the Vatican and ran up as Brazilian pilgrims were being introduced to the pope.

The unusual interruption was permitted by Vatican guards after a discreet nod from the pope's secretary.

The pontiff spoke briefly with the boy before blessing him. Then the secretary encouraged the boy to return to the seating area.

As he walked to his seat, the audience of 3,000 broke into spontaneous applause.