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  • Pope Francis leaves at the end of the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) torchlight procession in Rome, Friday, April 18, 2014. The popes resolve to focus the Catholic churchs attention on those who suffer was read aloud.
  • Desperate migrants, battered women, torture victims and all people suffering were remembered by Pope Francis on Good Friday.
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  • Pope Francis is presented with a snow-globe as he arrives at the San Gregorio Magno parish church in Rome, Sunday, April 6, 2014. Pope Francis said Friday he takes responsibility sex abuse in the church.
  • Pope Francis says he takes responsibility for the 'evil' of priests who sexually abused children, asking forgiveness from victims.
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  • Jersey Vargas, 10, reunites with her dad in this March 2014 photo.
  • A 10-year-old girl was reunited with her father Saturday after asking the pope to save her dad from deportation.
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  • Mario Vargas-Lopez, father of 10-year-old Jersey Vargas, is seen in a photo with his attorney shortly after being released from a detention facility on Friday, March 28, 2014.
  • Mario Vargas-Lopez, father of the 10-year-old girl who made a personal plea to the pope, has been released from custody.
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  • Mario Vargas-Lopez, father of 10-year-old Jersey Vargas, is seen in a photo with his attorney shortly after being released from a detention facility on Friday, March 28, 2014.
  • Mario Vargas-Lopez, father of the 10-year-old girl who made a personal plea to the pope, has been released from custody.
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  • Jersey Vargas, 10, talks to Pope Francis in this March 2014 photo.
  • A 10-year-old Los Angeles girl made a personal plea to the pope, hoping to keep her father from being deported.
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  • Jersey Vargas, 10, talks to Pope Francis in this March 2014 photo.
  • A 10-year-old Los Angeles girl made a personal plea to the pope, hoping to keep her father from being deported.
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  • A document obtained by The AP shows Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests over two years for molesting kids.
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  • In candid comments on a return trip from Brazil, Pope Francis said he wouldn't judge priests for being gay.
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  • In candid comments on a return trip from Brazil, Pope Francis said he wouldn't judge priests for their sexual orientation.
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  • Pope Francis made a plea for peace in his first Easter Sunday message, decrying the conflicts in the Middle East and Korea.
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  • Pope Francis celebrated his first Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square, which overflowed with some 250,000 people.
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  • Pope Francis, left, and Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, right, are seen praying side-by-side at chapel Castel Gandolfo on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
  • Pope Francis and his predecessor Pope emeritus Benedict XVI met Saturday in the first such meeting in 600 years.
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  • Pope Francis' diplomatic skills were put to the test Monday as he met privately with Argentine President Cristina Kirchner.
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  • Pope Francis is seen at his inaugural Mass at the Vatican on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
  • Tens of thousands of people on Tuesday gathered at the Vatican for the inaugural Mass of Pope Francis.
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  • Tens of thousands of people filled St. Peters Square for Pope Francis inaugural Mass at the Vatican on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
  • Tens of thousands of people filled St. Peter's Square for Pope Francis' inaugural Mass Tuesday, March 19, 2013. See photos.
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  • Pope Francis is seen at his inaugural Mass at the Vatican on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
  • Tens of thousands of people on Tuesday gathered at the Vatican for the inaugural Mass of Pope Francis.
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  • Pope Francis looks out at the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peters Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who chose the name of Francis is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Watch ABC News coverage of the inaugural Mass of Pope Francis on Tuesday, March 19, beginning at 12:50 a.m. PT.
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  • Pope Francis broke with tradition and delivered off-the-cuff remarks instead of reading from a written speech on Sunday.
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  • Pope Francis met with the College of Cardinals on Friday, March 15, 2013.
  • Pope Francis paid a heartfelt tribute to his predecessor Friday while meeting with the College of Cardinals.
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  • Pope Francis is seen in Rome on Thursday, March 14, 2013.
  • Pope Francis celebrated mass with his cardinals in the Sistine Chapel, delivering his first homily since becoming pope.
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  • Pope Francis is seen in Rome on Thursday, March 14, 2013.
  • Pope Francis celebrated mass in the Sistine Chapel, delivering his first homily since becoming pope.
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  • Sister Marguerite Mary Heller expresses hope the new pope in Santa Monica on Thursday, March 14, 2013.
  • Catholics in Santa Monica said they are praying for Pope Francis and are hoping he will be a good leader.
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  • Pope Francis celebrated mass with his cardinals in the Sistine Chapel on Thursday, March 14, 2013.
  • Pope Francis celebrated mass in the Sistine Chapel, delivering his first homily since becoming pope.
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  • Applause filled the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels as Archbishop Jose Gomez announcement a new pope had been elected on Wednesday, March 13, 2013.
  • Catholics around Southern California rejoiced with the election of Pope Francis, the first Latin American pope.
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  • Applause filled the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels as Archbishop Jose Gomez announcement a new pope had been elected on Wednesday, March 13, 2013.
  • Applause filled the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels as Archbishop Jose Gomez announcement a new pope had been elected.
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  • Pope Francis looks out at the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peters Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who chose the name of Francis is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Argentina's Cardinal Bergoglio has been chosen as the 266th pope and the new leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.
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  • Some Catholics in Southern California heard news of the new pope during midday mass.
  • Some Catholics in Southern California heard news of the new pope during midday mass.
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  • A lunchtime crowd in East L.A. watched the TVs as the first Latino pontiff, Pope Francis, was introduced Wednesday, March 13, 2013.
  • A lunchtime crowd in East L.A. watched the TVs as the first Latino pontiff, Pope Francis, was introduced.
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  • Pope Francis speaks to the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peters Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who chose the name of Francis is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.
  • The news of a new pope first came from an ancient smoke signal tradition, but was spread by the latest technology.
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  • Udo Strutynski, who says he survived three years of abuse at the hands of a priest in Los Angeles in the 1950s, in an interview with Eyewitness News on Wednesday, March 13, 2013.
  • A man who says he survived three years of sexual abuse at the hands of a priest in Los Angeles speaks out on the new pope.
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  • Udo Strutynski, who says he survived three years of abuse at the hands of a priest in Los Angeles in the 1950s, in an interview with Eyewitness News on Wednesday, March 13, 2013.
  • A man who says he survived three years of sexual abuse at the hands of a priest in Los Angeles speaks out on the new pope.
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  • John Saladino of Newport Beach reacts to news of the election of Pope Francis on Wednesday, March 13, 2013.
  • Catholics in Orange County celebrated the election of Pope Francis, the first Latin American pope.
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  • A woman watches television coverage of the new pope at Mitlas Cafe in San Bernardino on Wednesday, March 13, 2013.
  • Catholics in the Inland Empire said they were excited to hear that the new pope was from Latin America.
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  • A local professor of theology describes Pope Francis as a man who will endeavor to be a man of the people.
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  • The 266th pope has been elected in Italy. ABC7 Anchor David Ono is there for the historic event. See the photos!
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  • Ambassador Cristina Vallina talks about meeting Pope Francis when he was Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio.
  • Argentine Americans in Los Angeles expressed pride with the election of Pope Francis, the cardinal from Argentina.
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  • Joella Merten of Arcadia talks about the election of Pope Francis in front of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, March 13, 2013.
  • Catholics around Southern California rejoiced with the election of Pope Francis, the first Latin American pope.
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  • Pope Francis speaks to the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peters Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who chose the name of Francis, is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Newly elected Pope Francis has won the hearts of many for his humble background and advocacy for the poor.
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  • A group of Argentines react to the election of Cardinal Bergoglio, also of Argentina, as the new pope at the Vatican on Wednesday, March 13, 2013.
  • Argentines in Rome were elated to witness that their countryman, Cardinal Bergoglio, was chosen as the new pope.
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  • Thousands gather to hear Pope Francis speak from the central balcony of St. Peters Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who chose the name of Francis is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.
  • ABC7's David Ono describes the moment the election of a new pope was announced and the scene in Rome.
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  • Pope Francis speaks to the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peters Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who chose the name of Francis is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Watch video of Pope Francis' first appearance on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica.
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  • White smoke emerges from the Sistine Chapel chimney to signal that a new pope has been elected on Wednesday, March 13, 2013.
  • White smoke emerged from the Sistine Chapel chimney to signal that a new pope has been elected.
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  • Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahonys church in Rome, Santi Quattro Coronati, on Monday, March 11, 2013.
  • David Ono got a tour of Cardinal Roger Mahony's church in Rome, Santi Quattro Coronati, a basilica rich w/ history.
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  • Black smoke emerges from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, meaning cardinals have not picked a pope in their second or third rounds of balloting on Wednesday, March 13, 2013.
  • Black smoke once again emerged from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel Wednesday, meaning no pope has been picked.
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  • Black smoke emerges from the Sistine Chapel chimney Tuesday, March 12, 2013, to signal that a new pope has not yet been elected.
  • Black smoke emerged from the Sistine Chapel chimney Tuesday to signal that a new pope was not elected on the first vote.
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  • Jennifer OMalley, second from left in this photo from March 2013, is one of the most recent women to defy church law and calls herself a woman priest.
  • In 2010, the Vatican labeled the ordination of women a grave crime, but self-proclaimed women priests say they won't be silenced.
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  • Black smoke emerges from the Sistine Chapel chimney Tuesday, March 12, 2013, to signal that a new pope has not yet been elected.
  • Black smoke emerged from the Sistine Chapel chimney Tuesday to signal that a new pope was not elected on the first vote.
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  • Jennifer OMalley, second from left in this photo from March 2013, is one of the most recent women to defy church law and calls herself a woman priest.
  • In 2010, the Vatican labeled the ordination of women a grave crime, but self-proclaimed women priests say they won't be silenced.
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  • In Los Angeles, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels hosted an all-night prayer vigil for the election of the next pope starting Monday, March 11, 2013.
  • The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels hosted a 12-hour prayer vigil for the election of the next pope.
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