3-year-old Georgia girl snatches skull cap from Pope Francis' head

Pope Francis greets the faithful at a mass in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City, Vatican.

VATICAN CITY — He went in for a kiss and she went for his hat!

A little girl from Douglasville, Georgia, had the encounter of a lifetime with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

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The girl and her family had been waiting hours in hopes of catching a glimpse of the pope, when he arrived nearby and reached out to kiss the 3-year-old girl named Estella.

Francis kissed Estella on the cheek, but she also did something else. She snatched the pope’s skull cap right off his head, horrifying her father and causing the Holy See to chuckle in delight.

Little Estella reluctantly gave the cap back.

The pope and the crowd laughed as he retrieved his hat and placed it back on his head. He then went on to greet other people in the crowd.

Shelby Lin Erdman contributed to this report.

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