updated 01/08/2014 AT 5:00 PM ET
•originally published 01/08/2014 AT 3:30 PM ET
Is it time to start calling him His Happiness?
During his visit to St. Alfonso Maria de’ Liguori parish church just outside Rome on Monday, Pope Francis found himself up close and personal with an “actor” from the church’s living nativity scene – a lamb! The young animal was carefully placed around the Pope’s shoulders, eliciting a massive grin from the religious leader. The lamb is an important part of Biblical imagery, with Jesus sometimes referred to as the “Lamb of God.”
Pope Francis was in attendance to celebrate Epiphany, but he also managed to kick off 2014 in a rather big way. Considering the past year he had, during which he was named Time’s Person of the Year, we’re sure it will be difficult for him to beat his 2013 achievements – but a cute photo with a lamb is a nice way to start.