"You feel that he's a close friend, a father figure, a brother, to everyone," said Dr. Cyriac Pullapilly,a Pope expert at St. Mary's College.
Gita's father, a former advisor to the Vatican Council
, saw his
daughter smear candy on the Pope's face.He
says because the Pope was the kind of person to laugh something like that off sets him apart from Popes before him.
"They were very distant from the people, to be so close to the people, I don't know of any Pope who has done that," said Cyriac