Pope Francis has broken protocol once again, appearing with a puzzled look on his face in a 'selfie' photo taken with a group of teenagers who were visiting the Vatican, reports the ABC.
The picture appeared on the Facebook page of one of the youngsters, who used it as his profile picture, and was going viral on social media on Saturday. The young believers were part of a church group from northern Italy who met with the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics last Wednesday and were seen going up to him afterwards to take their photo.
'There is no marketing behind these actions,' Beppe Severgnini, columnist for the Corriere della Sera daily, said. 'The Pope clearly likes being with people while his predecessor liked being with books.'
The 76-year-old Pope, Latin America's first pontiff, has repeatedly broken with Vatican tradition since being elected in March, including regularly picking up the phone and calling ordinary people who write to him.
The photo prompted bemused reactions on Twitter, with one user saying 'Now I've seen everything' and another quipping: 'It's the end of the world as we know it.'
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