After his encounter with the Pope, Villardita told Catholic News Agency that the experience made him “very happy” as a Catholic and shared that the pope had told him to “take a lot of selfies with the kids in the square.”
Villardita shared that he felt an urge to be a symbol of hope for young people in hospitals and so he began dressing like his childhood hero.
“When you’re in a hospital, you see the world through a different lens and appreciate small things in life,” he told local news. “Many people don’t realize how lucky they really are. So I felt this inner urge to do something, a mission almost.”