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Pope Francis celebrates a Corpus Domini Mass inside St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis reads his message from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Francis celebrated a Pentecost Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on Sunday, albeit without members of the public in attendance. He will then went to his studio window to recite his blessing at noon to the crowds below. The Vatican says police will ensure the faithful gathered in the piazza keep an appropriate distance apart.

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Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. Francis celebrates a Pentecost Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on Sunday, albeit without members of the public in attendance. He will then go to his studio window to recite his blessing at noon to the crowds below. The Vatican says police will ensure the faithful gathered in the piazza keep an appropriate distance apart.

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Pope Francis delivers his blessing from the window of his studio overlooking an empty St. Peter's Square, due to anti-coronavirus lockdown measures, at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis celebrates Easter Sunday Mass inside an empty St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican. Pope Francis and Christians around the world marked a solitary Easter Sunday, forced to celebrate the most joyful day in the liturgical calendar amid the sorrowful reminders of the devastation wrought by the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.

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Pope Francis lies down in prayer prior to celebrate Mass for the Passion of Christ, at St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis meets with Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte, left, at the Vatican. The pontiff on Sunday urged authorities to take special care of those in nursing homes, military barracks and jails in the attempts to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.

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Pope Francis delivers his blessing from the window of his studio overlooking an empty St.Peter's Square due to restrictions to contain the Covid-19 virus, at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis celebrates Mass at his Santa Marta residence at the Vatican. The Vatican says the Catholic church is granting a special lifting of punishment and forgiveness for sins for all those faithful infected with the coronavirus as well as health personnel, family members or others caring for those sick. The Holy See on Friday issued a decree that grants plenary indulgences. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness.

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Pope Francis puts ashes on the forehead of Cardinal Jozef Tomko in the Santa Sabina Basilica during the Ash Wednesday mass opening Lent, the forty-day period of abstinence and deprivation for Christians before Holy Week and Easter. Pope Francis is marking Ash Wednesday with prayer and a solemn procession between two churches on one of ancient Rome's seven hills.

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Pope Francis exchange gifts with Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev, left, and his wife Mehriban Aliyeva, right, during a private audience at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis kisses a statue of Baby Jesus as he presides over a Mass for the solemnity of St. Mary at the beginning of the new year, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican

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Pope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi (Latin for 'to the city and to the world' ) Christmas' day blessing from the main balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis, flanked by Mons. Guido Marini, the Vatican master of liturgical ceremonies, waves to faithful and pilgrims after he delivered the Urbi et Orbi (Latin for 'to the city and to the world' ) Christmas' day blessing from the main balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis kisses a statue of Baby Jesus as he celebrates Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.

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An artist performs as Pope Francis meets children assisted by Santa Marta dispensary during an audience at the Paul VI Hall, at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis blows a candle on a birthday cake he was offered by children assisted by Santa Marta dispensary during an audience in the Paul VI Hall, at the Vatican. Pope Francis turned 83 on Dec. 17.

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Pope Francis, right sits inside the new headquarters of the new "Pontifical Scholas Occurrentes" in Rome on the day of its inauguration. At left, sit the First Ladies of Brazil, Michelle Bolsonaro, Argentina, Fabiola Yáñez, and Paraguay Silvana López Moreira.

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Pope Francis arrives in Greccio, Italy. Pope Francis hailed Nativity scenes as ‘’simple and admirable’’ signs of Christian faith and encouraged their placement in workplaces, schools and town squares, as he bolstered a Christmas tradition that has at times triggered bitter legal battles in the United States.

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Pope Francis shakes hands with Japan's Emperor Naruhito on his arrival at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.

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Pope Francis caresses a child as he arrives for a Mass at a baseball stadium in Nagasaki, Japan.

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Students practice flipping boards with photos to reveal a full-mosaic portrait of Pope Francis before a Holy Mass at National Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Pope Francis, flanked at right by flanked by Mariella Enoc, president of Bambino Gesu Pediatric Hospital, meets children in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican during an audience with the hospital

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Nuns reach out to Pope Francis as he arrives for his weekly general audience, in St.Peter's Square, at the Vatican

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Pope Francis presides over a Mass for the closing of the Amazon synod in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican

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Pope Francis kisses a baby as he arrives for his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience, in St.Peter's Square, at the Vatican.

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Prelates attend a canonization Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Pope Francis canonized Cardinal John Henry Newman, the 19th-century Anglican convert who became an immensely influential, unifying figure in both the Anglican and Catholic churches. Francis presided over Mass in a packed St. Peter's Square to declare Newman and four women saints.

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New Cardinal Matteo Maria Zuppi shares smile with Pope Francis during a consistory inside St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis leaves after presiding over a consistory inside St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican. Pope Francis has chosen 13 men he admires and whose sympathies align with his to become the Catholic Church's newest cardinals.

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Pope Francis meets members of indigenous populations on the occasion of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology, at the Vatican. The ceremony takes place two days before a Synod of bishops on the Pan-Amazon region opens at the Vatican to address the ecological, social and spiritual needs of indigenous peoples in the Amazon.

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Pope Francis unveils a sculpture on the occasion of the Migrant and Refugee World Day, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis arrives to celebrate Mass at the Monument Mary Queen of Peace, in Port Louis, Mauritius. Francis has arrived in the Indian Ocean nation of Mauritius to celebrate its diversity, encourage its ethical development and honor a 19th century French missionary who ministered to freed slaves.

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Pope Francis arrives with the popemobile to celebrate a mass in Antananarivo, Madagascar. Francis is in Madagascar for the second leg of his weeklong trip to Africa.

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Pope Francis is greeted by nuns during his visit at the Discalced Carmelite Nuns monastery in Antananarivo, Madagascar. Francis is in Madagascar for the second leg of his weeklong trip to Africa.

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Pope Francis sits at a table with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the occasion of their private audience at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis passes among pilgrims as he arrives to preside over the celebration of Divine Liturgy and the beatification of seven martyred bishops of the Eastern-rite Romanian Catholic Church, in Blaj, Romania. Francis was traveling across Romania to visit its far-flung Catholic communities to make up for the fact that St. John Paul II was only allowed to visit the capital, Bucharest, in 1999 in the first papal visit to a majority Orthodox country.

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Pope Francis signs a motorbike as he meets members of an association of Jesus Bikers International who attended his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Knyaz Alexandar Square, in Sofia. Pope Francis is visiting Bulgaria, the European Union's poorest country and one that has taken a hard line against migrants, a stance that conflicts with the pontiff's view that reaching out to vulnerable people is a moral imperative.

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Pope Francis talks with children in the Rabat Cathedral, Morocco. Pope Francis is in Morocco for a two-day trip aimed at highlighting the North African nation's Christian-Muslim ties, while also showing solidarity with migrants at Europe's door and tending to a tiny Catholic flock.

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Pope Francis, centre, waves from the popemobile as he leaves Rabat-Sale International airport, near the capital Rabat. Pope Francis has arrived in Morocco for a trip aimed at highlighting the North African nation's tradition of Christian-Muslim ties, while also letting him show solidarity with migrants at Europe's door and tend to a tiny Catholic flock.

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Pope Francis kneels before a priest to confess, during a penitential liturgy in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis paints a cross on the back of an unidentified man during a visit to headquarters of Scholas Occurrentes in Rome, an international Vatican organization of Catholic Schools.

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Pope Francis blesses a boy during a Mass at the Sheikh Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Francis travelled to Abu Dhabi to participate in a conference on inter religious dialogue sponsored the Emirates-based Muslim Council of Elders, an initiative that seeks to counter religious fanaticism by promoting a moderate brand of Islam.

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Pope Francis blesses a child as he arrives in the Sheikh Zayed Sports City Stadium to celebrate a mass in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The pontiff ministered to the thriving Catholic community in the United Arab Emirates as he concluded his historic visit to the Arabian Peninsula with the first-ever papal Mass here.

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Pope Francis attends an Interreligious meeting at the Founder's Memorial in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. His visit represents the first papal trip ever to the Arabian Peninsula, the birthplace of Islam.

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Pope Francis hugs Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, the grand imam of Egypt's Al-Azhar, after an Interreligious meeting at the Founder's Memorial in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Pope Francis has asserted in the first-ever papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula that religious leaders have a duty to reject all war and commit themselves to dialogue.

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Pope Francis is welcomed by Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE's Armed Forces, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, right, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, at the Abu Dhabi Presidential Palace, United Arab Emirates. Pope Francis opened his historic visit to the United Arab Emirates with an address to faith leaders in a Muslim region known for its restrictions on religious freedom.

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Pope Francis is greeted by a group of nuns during the weekly general audience he held in the Pope Paul VI hall, at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis waves from his popemobile as he arrives to celebrate an early morning Mass at the metro park Campo San Juan Pablo II in Panama City. The Mass marks the formal end to World Youth Day.

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Surrounded by security, Pope Francis is driven away after a meeting with volunteers who worked at the World Youth Day events, before his departure in Panama City.

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Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela, Pope Francis and first lady Lorena Castillo, wave from the entrance of the presidential palace in Panama City. Francis opened his first full day in Panama with a visit to the presidential palace, in the evening Francis will welcome tens of thousands of young Catholics who have gathered for World Youth Day, the church's big youth rally.

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People hold up their cell phones as Pope Francis rides his popemobile in Panama City. Pope Francis has arrived in Panama amid a political crisis in nearby Venezuela, a migration standoff over the proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall and tens of thousands of wildly excited young Central Americans welcoming him.

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Pope Francis twirls a soccer ball he was presented by a member of the Circus of Cuba, during his weekly general audience in the Pope Paul VI hall, at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis kisses a statue of Baby Jesus as he celebrates new year's eve vespers Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis waves as he arrives to deliver the Urbi et Orbi (Latin for 'to the city and to the world' ) Christmas' day blessing from the main balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi (Latin for 'to the city and to the world' ) Christmas' day blessing from the main balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis spreads incense in front of a statue of Baby Jesus as he celebrates the Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican

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Pope Francis kisses a statue of Baby Jesus as he celebrates the Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican

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Pope Francis, framed between the branches of a Christmas tree, greets the faithful he recites the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St.Peter's Square, at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis sniffs a Panettone, (traditional Christmas cake) on the occasion of the weekly general audience, at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis blows a candle atop of a cake he was offered on the eve of his 82nd birthday during audience with children and family from the dispensary of Santa Marta, a Vatican charity that offers special help to mothers and children in need, in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican.

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A child stands by a Swiss guard after getting up to the area where Pope Francis and Archbishop George Gaenswein are sitting, during the pontiff weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican. Pope Francis has praised the freedom, albeit undisciplined, of a hearing impaired child who climbed onto the stage during his general audience to play. The Swiss Guards and Vatican gendarmes stood by and gamely let the young boy run around Francis as monsignors read out his catechism lesson in various languages.

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Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi meets Pope Francis during a call on, in Vatican City. Satyarthi sought Pope's support for a new legally binding international law against growing digital and online forms of child sexual exploitation and abuse cases.

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Pope Francis and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin pose for photographers during a private audience at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis arrives with the popemobile in St.Peter's Square on the occasion of his weekly general audience at the Vatican

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Pope Francis, reviews the honor guard during the welcome ceremony at the Kadriorg Presidential Palace, Estonia. Pope Francis concludes his four-day tour of the Baltics visiting Estonia.

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Pope Francis arrives in his popemobile for a Holy Mass at the Shrine of the Mother of God, in Aglona, Latvia. Francis is visiting Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to mark their 100th anniversaries of independence and to encourage the faith in the Baltics, which saw five decades of Soviet-imposed religious repression and state-sponsored atheism.

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Pope Francis stops for a moment of prayer during his visit to the Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights, in Vilnius, Lithuania. Francis began his second day in the Baltics in Lithuania's second city, Kaunas, where an estimated 3,000 Jews survived out of a community of 37,000 during the 1941-1944 Nazi occupation.

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Pope Francis stops for a moment of prayer during his visit to the Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights, in Vilnius, Lithuania. Francis began his second day in the Baltics in Lithuania's second city, Kaunas, where an estimated 3,000 Jews survived out of a community of 37,000 during the 1941-1944 Nazi occupation.

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Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis exchange gifts with Mozambique president Filipe Nyusi, as Prefect of the Papal Household, German Archbishop Georg Ganswein, left, looks on during a private audience at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis poses for photos with a group from Mexico wearing traditional clothes, during his weekly general audience, at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Phoenix Park in Dublin, Ireland. Pope Francis is on a two-day visit to Ireland.

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Clergy leave the stands after Pope Francis celebrated the closing Mass at the World Meeting of Families at Phoenix Park in Dublin, as part of his visit to Ireland.

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Pope Francis stands by Irish President Michael D Higgins, at Aras an Uachtarain in Phoenix Park, Dublin, as part of his visit to Ireland.

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A newly unveiled wax work of Pope Francis is carried at the National Wax Museum Plus where they also unveiled a newly refurbished original 1979 Pope Mobile ahead of Pope Francis' visit to Ireland, in Dublin.

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Pope Francis holds his weekly general audience in the Pope Paul VI hall at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis arrives for an audience with altar aids, in St. Peter's square at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis poses for with some of the participants of the Sprit of The Planet Festival, an International gathering of Indigenous people, during weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis arrives in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, for his weekly general audience.

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A gust of wind blows Pope Francis' mantle as he reads his message during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.

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In this photo taken with slow shutter speed, Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis caresses a baby during his pilgrimage to the Nomadelfia community in central Italy. Founded by Father Zenzo Saltini in 1948 Nomadelfia is thin catholic community inspired to a lifestyle of brotherhood made up by families and unmarried lays who adopt abandoned children.

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Pope Francis poses with a group of chefs from Tuscany during his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican.

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Bishops line up to greet Pope Francis during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis greets faithful during his visit to the parish church of San Paolo della Croce, in Corviale neighborhood, Rome.

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Pope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi (to the city and to the world) blessing at the end of the Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis holds a candle as he presides over a solemn Easter vigil ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis salutes a child after leading the Easter Mass in St. Peter Square at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis arrives to celebrate an Easter mass, in St. Peter's square at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis lies down in prayer during the Good Friday Passion of Christ Mass inside St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican

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Pope Francis is cheered by faithful after celebrating a Palm Sunday Mass, at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis meets Pakistani bishops at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis waves to faithful as he arrives in St. Peter's Square for his general weekly audience, at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis greets faithful as he arrives for a mid-morning prayer with contemplative nuns at the Shrine of Our Lord of the Miracles in Lima, Peru. Francis is wrapping up the most contested, violent trip of his papacy with a series of meetings with Peruvian church leaders and a final Mass at an air base in Peru's capital.

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Pope Francis meets with bishops at the archbishop's residence in Lima, Peru. Francis wrapped up his trip to Peru by meeting with bishops and nuns, but the controversy over his accusations that Chilean sex abuse victims slandered a bishop continued to haunt him.

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Pope Francis waves goodbye at Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and First Lady Nancy Lange after a ceremony at the government palace in Lima, Peru.

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Pope Francis marries flight attendants Carlos Ciuffardi, left, and Paola Podest, center, during a flight from Santiago, Chile, to Iquique, Chile. Pope Francis celebrated the first-ever airborne papal wedding, marrying these two flight attendants from Chile’s flagship airline during the flight. The couple had been married civilly in 2010, however, they said they couldn’t follow-up with a church ceremony because of the 2010 earthquake that hit Chile.

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