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New recruits of the Vatican's elite Swiss Guard march during the swearing-in ceremony at the Vatican  May 6, 2014. The Swiss Guard, founded in 1506, consist of 100 volunteers who must be of Swiss nationality, Catholic, single, at least 174 cm (5.7 ft) tall and without a beard. New recruits are sworn in every year on May 6 to commemorate the day where 147 Swiss soldiers died defending the Pope during an attack on Rome in 1527.

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New recruits of the Vatican’s elite Swiss Guard attend a swearing in ceremony at the Vatican. The Swiss Guard, founded in 1506, consists of 100 volunteers who must be of Swiss nationality, Catholic, single, at least 174cm (5.7ft) tall and without a beard

Bishops wait for a mass to start ahead of the canonisation ceremony of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican

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Bishops wait for a mass to start ahead of the canonisation ceremony of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican

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 and President Barack Obama smile as they exchange gifts, at the Vatican Thursday, March 27, 2014. President Barack Obama called himself a "great admirer" of Pope Francis as he sat down at the Vatican Thursday with the pontiff he considers a kindred spirit on issues of economic inequality. Their historic first meeting comes as Obama's administration and the church remain deeply split on issues of abortion and contraception. (AP Photo/Gabriel Bouys,

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Pope Francis and US President Barack Obama exchange gifts at the Vatican on Thursday. It is their first meeting.

Pilgrims cheer Pope Francis as he greets the crowd during his general audience at St Peter's square on March 26, 2014 at the Vatican.

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Pilgrims cheer Pope Francis as he greets the crowd during his general audience at St Peter’s square on Wednesday at the Vatican.

Paola Ciabattini holds up her 19-month-old son Daniele De Sanctis, dressed up as a pope, during Pope Francis' weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. Francis kissed the child as the new must-have Carnival costume made its debut at the pope's general audience Wednesday. Daniele, who was crying, was hoisted up to Francis as he drove by in his open-topped jeep. During Carnival in Italy, children often go to school and spend their weekends dressed up in pirate, princess   and now pope   costumes. Carnival, also known as mardi gras, marks the period before the church's solemn Lenten season begins. Ciabattini said she dressed her son as a pope in a demonstration of affection towards Pope Francis.

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Paola Ciabattini holds up her 19-month-old son Daniele De Sanctis, dressed as a pope, during Pope Francis’s weekly general audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Francis kissed the child as the new must-have Carnival costume made its debut at the Pope’s general audience on Wednesday.

Pope Francis waves to faithfulls as he a...Pope Francis waves to faithfulls as he arrives at St Peter's Square at the Vatican to lead his weekly general audience on January 8, 2014.   AFP PHOTO/ Gabriel BOUYSGABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images

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Pope Francis waves to visitors as he arrives at St Peter’s Square at the Vatican for his weekly general audience. Read more

Christmas arrives ar St Peter's Square

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Two nuns look on as workers erect a Christmas tree in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican. The tree comes from Bavaria, Germany, is 25 metres high and weighs 7.2 tonnes.

Pope Francis waves as he leaves after leading the weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican...Pope Francis waves as he leaves after leading the weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican October 2, 2013. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito

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Pope Francis waves to the crowd after leading the weekly audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican Read more

Priests attend an ordination mass of the...Priests attend an ordination mass of the Breakaway fundamentalist Roman Catholic Society of St Pius X in Econe, western Switzerland on June 28, 2013. This year, nine fundamentalist priests have been inducted by the Society. Some 2,000 worshippers attended the ceremony held under a giant tent outside the chapel in Econe, which was celebrated mainly in Latin. Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, the founder of the Society of St Pius X, had consecrated the bishops of his order in 1988. He had broken away from the Church in 1970 in protest at reforms passed by the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s.    AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINIFABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images

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Priests attend an ordination mass of the breakaway fundamentalist Roman Catholic Society of St Pius X in Econe, western Switzerland on Friday. Some 2,000 worshippers attended the ceremony held under a giant tent outside the chapel in Econe, which was celebrated mainly in Latin. Read more