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Nuns stand at St. Peter's square at the ...Nuns stand at St. Peter's square at the Vatican at the end of the Pope's weekly general audience on April 2, 2014.     AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYSGABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images

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Nuns seem happy and animated at the end of the Pope’s weekly audience in St Peter’s square at the Vatican on Wednesday Read more

Pope Francis is helped to put his mitre on during the Epiphany mass in St. Peter's Basilica, in Vatican.

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Pope Francis is helped on with his mitre during the Epiphany mass in St Peter’s Basilica, in the Vatican, Rome.

Pope Francis waves to faithful as he arrives for his general audience at the Vatican, Wednesday, May 29, 2103

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Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he arrives for his general audience at the Vatican on Wednesday Read more

Workers adding finishing touches to a giant statue  of the late Pope John Paul II being readied for unveiling this weekend, in Czestochowa, Poland, Tuesday, April 9, 2013.

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The 13.8-meter (45.3-foot) white fiberglass figure will tower over the southern city of Czestochowa, home to Poland’s most important Catholic pilgrimage site, Jasna Gora. Funded by a private investor, the pontiff appears smiling and stretching his arms to the world.