American Girl Steals Pope's Hat During Vatican Visit

The Pope went in for a kiss, but little Estella Westrick had other ideas
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 22, 2017 5:49 PM CDT
Pope Francis Shares Laugh With Hat-Snatching Toddler
Estella Westrick snatches Pope Francis' hat during a Vatican visit on Wednesday.   (Twitter)

Luckily for little Estella Westrick, Pope Francis is known as the forgiving type. Us Magazine reports a Vatican official lifted the 3-year-old girl up so the Pope could kiss her cheek Wednesday, and she took the opportunity to steal his hat. "It was hilarious," Estrella's godfather, Mountain Butorac, tells CNN. "Everyone was laughing, including the Pope." Estrella eventually returned the Pope's zucchetto. The girl was visiting Rome with her family from Atlanta. Butorac tweeted a video of the hat-snatching incident. (More Pope Francis stories.)

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