The Malta Independent 26 April 2018, Thursday

President's grandchild gives Pope Francis plastic dinosaur as gift

Malta Independent Friday, 21 March 2014, 16:23 Last update: about 5 years ago

Like his papal predecessors, Pope Francis receives all kinds of official gifts from visiting dignitaries: plaques, religious icons and limited-edition books.

On Friday, he received something rather unique from little Luca Manconi, the 3-year-old grandson of Maltese President George Abela, who tagged along for his grandfather's audience with the pope. When Luca and his parents joined Abela's delegation at the end of the 20-minute private meeting, he presented Francis with a little plastic dinosaur.

Pope Francis seemed utterly charmed by Luca and his 2-year-old cousin Georgia-Mae, taking them both by the hand and walking to his chair. He also gave a tender kiss to Luca's 6-week-old brother, Matteo.

Dr Abela ends his five-year term as Malta's figurehead president 4 April.

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