ROME (WITI) -- A lucky teenager got to take a ride on the Pope Mobile!
Following Pope Francis' general audience on Wednesday, June 19th, 17-year-old Alberto Di Tullio was invited aboard the Pontiff's open-top Mercedes.
When the boy with Down Syndrome pointed to the car, Pope Francis welcomed him up, while tens of thousands of people looked on.
The boy's father says he choked up when Pope Francis approached his son and embraced him.
Perhaps Francis' eye was caught by the blue-and-white striped Argentine National soccer jersey Alberto was wearing -- a gift that the Di Tullio's parish priest gave him Wednesday morning before they set out from Boiano, near Naples, for the Pope's audience.