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Why Was Spider-Man at Pope Francis’ General Audience?

Pablo Esparza/CNA.Mattia Villardita, a 28-year-old Italian who dresses up as Spider-Man, attends the general audience at the Vatican, June 23, 2021.

Last year, Villardita was made a Cavalier of the Italian Republic, an order of merit conferred on him by the Italian president for his actions as an “everyday hero.”