Pope Francis has baptised a Nigerian man dubbed Italy’s “migrant hero,” during an Easter service at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

John Ogah (31) was begging outside a supermarket in Rome last year when a masked thief armed with a cleaver tried to rob it.

He held the man down until police arrived and was ultimately rewarded with a residency permit.

As the Pope baptised him, an Italian police captain stood by his side as his ‘Godfather.’