Right: Washing the feet of refugees – At the Reception Center for Asylum Seekers outside Rome on Holy Thursday, Pope Francis washed the feet of refugees, and spoke to nearly 1,000 migrants and volunteers about the importance of living in peace as children of the same God.
Right: Pope Francis gestures while wearing a Sombrero given to him by someone in the crowd on Zocalo Square in Mexico City.
Pope Francis visited Mexico from Feb. 12–17, during which he brought a message of solidarity with the victims of drug violence, human trafficking and discrimination to some of that country's most violent and poverty-stricken regions.
Right: Pope Francis meets themembers of aquatic circus at the end of his weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, January 27, 2016.
Pictured right: Pope Francis kisses a child as he visits the refugee camp of Saint Sauveur in the capital of Bangul, Central African Republic.
Pictured right: Pope Francis greets a group of miners from Chile as he leads the weekly audience in Saint Peter’s square.
Right: The U.S. flag flies as painters work on a mural of Pope Francis on the side of a builidng in midtown Manhattan.
Right: Pope Francis holds a cap given to him by students while visiting the Banado Norte neighborhood in Asuncion, Paraguay, on July 12
Did you know?
Pope Francis is a fan of The Lord of the Rings. He once used the characters Frodo and Sam to illustrate the journey of man and the drama of human life.
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Two French horticulturists, Croix Dominique and Jacques Ranchon, recently named a new breed of white rose “Pope Franciscus” after the pontiff. Pope Francis has a devotion to the Little Flower, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, and receives white roses from her intercession: “Whenever I have a problem, I ask the saint not to solve it, but to take it into her hands and to help me accept it and I almost always receive a white rose as a sign.” Fifty rose bushes are planted in the Vatican Gardens and at Castel Gandolfo.
Pictured to the right: Pope Francis reacts as he is greeted by cloistered nuns at the Duomo during his pastoral visit in Naples.
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