Spiderman attends Pope Francis' weekly audience

The man dressed in a full, skin-tight, red, black and blue costume of the comic book and film character - including head cover - was sat in the VIP section of the audience in Vatican's San Damaso Courtyard before being introduced to the pontiff at the end and giving him a Spider-Man mask.

The man behind the mask turned out to be Mattia Villardita, 27, from northern Italy.

He was given a place in the VIP section because of his work dressing up in superhero costumes and visiting sick children in hospitals.