November 07, 2013

In pictures: Pope Francis, the people's pontiff (34pics)

 Vatican Pope Francis jokes with the newlyweds of the Rainbow Association Marco Lagulli Onlus, which deals with clownterapia (clown therapy) in hospitals, nursing homes, and orphanages.
 Buenos Aires' Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now known as Pope Francis, poses for a photo with Angela Espinola, 12, left, and her sister Eliza, 9, during an Easter procession organized by the Virgin of Caacupe church in the Villa 21-24 slum in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
 Pope Francis greets people during the general audience in St. Peter Square, Vatican City. The Pontiff appeared to enjoy the exchange of caps with a girl from the faithful.
 Swapping skullcaps is a long-held tradition for popes and pilgrims
 Pope Francis has happily engaged in the tradition
 A gust of wind blows off Pope Francis's skull cap as he leaves St. Peter's Square at the Vatican after he celebrated the holy mass and conferral of the sacrament of confirmation. The Pontiff in his role as Bishop of Rome bestowed the sacrament of Confirmation on a group of young people from all over the world
 Pope Francis receives a gift from Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi
 Pope Francis receives an autographed ball from Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, left, as coach Cesare Prandelli, centre, and president of the Italian soccer federation Giancarlo Abete smile, during a private audience at the Vatican
 Pope Francis greeting Italian footballer Mario Balotelli during an audience at the Vatican. Pope Francis received the national soccer teams of Italy and Argentina ahead of a friendly international on 14 August in his honour at Rome's Stadio Olimpico. 'Frankly, it will be difficult for me to root for one team,' the Pope, who was born in Argentina from a family of Italian immigrants, said.
 Pope Francis lifts a Sunderland shirt to his chest and poses for pictures. The shirt - which has the name Papa Francesco on the back - was taken to Rome by Sunderland club chaplain Father Marc Layden-Smith.
 Pope Francis is presented with a leather Harley Davidson jacket during the weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican.
 Pope Francis kissing the feet of a young offender after washing them during a mass at the church of the Casal del Marmo youth prison on the outskirts of Rome as part of Holy Thursday. Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 young offenders including two girls at a Rome prison on Thursday in an unprecedented version of an ancient Easter ritual seen as part of an effort by the new pope to bring the Catholic Church closer to the needy.
 Pope Francis washes the foot of an inmate at the juvenile detention center of Casal del Marmo, Rome. Francis washed the feet of a dozen inmates at a juvenile detention center in a Holy Thursday ritual that he celebrated for years as archbishop and is continuing now that he is pope. Two of the 12 were young women, an unusual choice given that the rite re-enacts Jesus' washing of the feet of his male disciples. The Mass was held in the Casal del Marmo facility in Rome, where 46 young men and women currently are detained. Many of them are Gypsies or North African migrants, and the Vatican said the 12 selected for the rite weren't necessarily Catholic.
 Pope Francis stands next to a white Renault 4L offered by Father Don Renzo Zocca September 7, 2013 at the Vatican
 Hundreds of thousands of people crowd Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro as Pope Francis (on screens) celebrates the final mass of his visit to Brazil. Throngs of pilgrims attending World Youth Day (WYD) spent the night sleeping on the beach before Sunday's final mass, while the city's mayor said he expects up to three million people to pack the beach for the occasion.
 Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro during the Pope's visit to Brazil
 Pope Francis meets with native Brazilians from the Pataxo tribe in Rio de Janeiro, July 27, 2013
 A worker puts finishing touches on a mask of Pope Francis at a factory assembly line in Sao Goncalo near Rio de Janeiro April 16, 2013
 Pope Francis during a holy mass as part of the 28th World Youth Day in Metropolitan cathedral of St. Sebastian, Brazil, 27 July 2013
 Pope Francis blessing children as he leaves at the end of a mass at St Peter's square as part of the Palm Sunday celebration on March 24, 2013 at the Vatican.
 Pope Francis kisses a child as he arrives in St. Peter's square for his inauguration mass, Vatican City, 19 March 2013
 Pope Francis welcomes more than 250 children, who travelled on a special train from Milan to meet him, at the St. Peter train station in the Vatican June 23, 2013.
 A boy takes to the stage and hugs Pope Francis as he addresses the crowd at St Peter's square in the Vatican City, 26 October 2013
 The unidentified boy refused to leave the Pope's side, clinging to his legs while two Cardinals tried to encourage him to sit back down with sweets.
 Unfazed, the Pope pats the boy affectionately on the head
 Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who became Pope Francis, sits at the bottom of a slide whilst attending Don Bosco school
 Jorge Mario Bergoglio, left, and his brother Oscar, posing for a photo in Buenos Aires, Argentina
 Jorge Mario Bergoglio as a teenager, in Buenos Aires, Argentina
 A gust of wind blows the Pope's Francis mantle as he stands at the balcony of St. John's in Lateran basilica after celebrating a solemn mass in Rome April 7, 2013. The pontiff officially took possession of the basilica which is his cathedral in his capacity as bishop of Rome.
 Pope Francis holds the monstrance during the worldwide hour of Eucharistic adoration in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican June 2, 2013
 Pope Francis stumbles as he prepares to greet cardinals in Sala Clementina, at the Vatican. The newly appointed Pope Francis stumbled after being introduced to the College of Cardinals, but did not fall and quickly recovered.
 Pope Francis wears a coal miner's helmet he was given by a miner on the occasion of his one day visit to the island of Sardinia, in Cagliari, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013
 Pope Francis has his picture taken inside St. Peter's Basilica with youths from the Italian Diocese of Piacenza and Bobbio who came to Rome for a pilgrimage at the Vatican.
Pope Francis greets the Queen of Jordan during a private audience on August 29, 2013 at the Vatican

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