Pope Francis welcomed the new Slovakian ambassador to the Holy See, Peter Sopko. During the audience, the ambassadors mother was unable to hold back tears of joy when she met Pope Francis.
The Pope showed that he knows how to handle these moments quite well. He warmly approached the ambassador and his family, and even joked with the woman and convinced her to take a photo together.
Sopko has an extensive diplomatic career. He was ambassador of his country in South Korea and Belgium. During the past few years, he served as the director for Slovak international diplomatic protocol. But as he presented his letter of accreditation to the Pope, it was his mother who received the most attention.