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  • Pope Francis leaves after celebrating an Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peters Square at the Vatican Sunday, April 20, 2014
  • Pope Francis prayed for peace in Ukraine and Syria this Easter Sunday and for an end to the terrorist attacks in Nigeria that have targeted many Christians.
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  • Pope Francis, center, celebrates a Palm Sunday mass in St. Peters Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, April 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
  • Pope Francis tossed aside his prepared homily on Palm Sunday -- instead speaking off-the-cuff to a crowd in St. Peter's Square.
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  • Pope Francis
  • The newest Pope's past is more fun than you think
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  • Pope Francis arrives in St. Peters Square for the weekly general audience at the Vatican, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013.
  • Three homeless men helped Pope Francis celebrate his 77th birthday Tuesday, joining him for Mass and breakfast.
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  • David Ortiz's passionate address at Fenway following the marathon bombing made the Yale list. Check out the other top 10 quotes of the year.
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  • What does "twerking"-- a secret government surveillance program and the Vatican have in common?
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  •  Pope Francis waves 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
  • Pope Francis revealed that he once worked as a bouncer at a bar in Buenos Aires during his younger days.
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  • More than 150,000 people joined Pope Francis in Rome Sunday for a special mass celebrating family weekend.
  • More than 150,000 people joined Pope Francis in Rome Sunday for a special mass celebrating family weekend.
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  • Pope Francis has been doing so much to show he's a simple man of the people and now, he's calling people out of the blue.
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  • Catholics across the world and in the Bay Area are debating comments Pope Francis made Monday about gays.
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  • Pope Francis celebrated the final Mass of his visit to Brazil before a crowd estimated at more than 3 million.
  • Pope Francis celebrated the final Mass of his visit to Brazil before a crowd estimated at more than 3 million.
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  • Rev. Michael Barber has been named the new bishop of the Diocese of Oakland.
  • Pope Francis on Friday appointed the Rev. Michael Barber to be the next bishop of the Diocese of Oakland.
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  • The Obama family celebrates Easter
  • From the Vatican to the White House, Easter Sunday was celebrated by many around the world.
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  • Pope Francis speaks before delivering the Urbi et Orbi (to the city and to the world) blessing at the end of his first Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peters Square at the Vatican Sunday, March 31, 2013.
  • The more-than 250,000 people who gathered in St. Peter's Square on Easter Sunday were rewarded with a visit from the new pontiff.
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  • Like many Bay Area Catholics, the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose watched with great interest as Pope Francis presided over the inaugural mass.
  • The Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose watched with great interest as Pope Francis presided over the inaugural mass.
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  • Like many Bay Area Catholics, the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose watched with great interest as Pope Francis presided over the inaugural mass.
  • The Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose watched with great interest as Pope Francis presided over the inaugural mass.
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  • Pope Francis I
  • An estimated 200,000 people packed St. Peter's Square to catch a glimpse of the man who will now lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.
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  • Tens of thousands of people filled St. Peter's Square for Pope Francis' inaugural Mass.
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  • Pope Francis makes first window appearance
  • The Vatican is releasing details of the pope's Mass on Tuesday as well images of his coat of arms and fisherman's ring.
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  • The Vatican is lashing out at an "anti-clerical" campaign against Pope Francis over his actions during Argentina's military junta.
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  • Pope Francis paid tribute to Benedict XVI, saying his faith and teaching had "enriched and invigorated" the Catholic Church.
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  • Amalia Damonte
  • A woman claiming to have been Pope Francis' childhood girlfriend says she helped him become a priest.
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  • Pope Francis holds mass at the Sistine Chapel
  • A lot of positive reaction is pouring in for 76-year-old Pope Francis, but, there are some who have reservations.
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  • Pope Francis holds mass at the Sistine Chapel
  • A lot of positive reaction is pouring in for 76-year-old Pope Francis, but, there are some who have reservations.
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  • In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper LOsservatore Romano, Pope Francis puts flowers on the altar inside St. Mary Major Basilica, in Rome, Thursday, March 14, 2013.
  • Pope Francis is marking the first full day of his papacy with a mass at the Vatican and paying his own hotel bill.
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  • pope francis
  • Francis, the name the new pope has chosen, is a much-beloved Italian saint who is identified with peace and a simple lifestyle.
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  • Church in Oakland
  • The Diocese of Oakland's Archbishop believes Pope Francis will be the leader the church needs, and also what parishioners long for.
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  • Parishioners at St. Marys in San Francisco pray for new Pope Francis
  • Special prayers were said for the pope at mass at St. Mary's in San Francisco, and there was excitement over his chosen name.
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  • Church in San Jose
  • For San Jose's Hispanic community there is a sense of pride that the new pope comes from the new world, rather than Europe.
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  • Argentine Jorge Bergoglio has been elected pope, the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium.
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  • Black smoke from Sistine Chapel: No pope yet
  • Black smoke from the Sistine Chapel chimney, means the cardinals haven't elected a pope in their second or third rounds of balloting.
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  • Man prays at Catholic church in San Francisco
  • Catholics gathered to pray at churches in the Bay Area for the cardinals in the conclave who are expected to choose the new pope.
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  • Cardinals failed to elect a new pope
  • Black smoke has poured from the Sistine Chapel chimney, signaling that cardinals have failed to elect a pope on their first try.
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  • In this picture released by the Vatican newspaper LOsservatore Romano, Cardinals line up to take an oath of secrecy inside the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican, Tuesday, March 12, 2013, before the start the conclave to elect the 266th Roman Catholic pope. Cardinals from around the globe locked themselves inside the Sistine Chapel on Tuesday to choose a new leader for the worlds 1.2 billion Catholics and their troubled church, surrounded by Michelangelos imposing frescos imagining the beginning and the end of the world. (AP Photo/LOsservatore Romano, ho)
  • Cardinals have filed into the Sistine Chapel for the conclave to elect the next pope amid deep divisions and uncertainty.
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  • San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone
  • San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone led a special mass today at St. Mary's Cathedral.
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  • From left, US Cardinals Roger Mahony, Edwin OBrien and Timothy Dolan leave the North American College to go to the Vaticans Domus Sanctae Martae, the Vatican hotel where the cardinals stay during the conclave, in Rome, Tuesday March 12, 2013.
  • Cardinals heard a final appeal for unity today before sequestering themselves in the Sistine Chapel for the conclave.
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  • SF holds services for start of papal conclave
  • With the election of a new pope about to begin, some people in the Bay Area will be closely watching.
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  • The Cover of Lean In, a book by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.
  • Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg released a book on how other women can take steps to succeed in the workplace.
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  • Police officers are seen outside St. Peters Square, at the Vatican.
  • Cardinals gathered for their final day of talks Monday before the conclave to elect the next pope.
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  • Cardinal Timothy Dolan, left, arrives for a meeting at the Vatican, Monday March 11, 2013.
  • Cardinals gathered for their final day of talks Monday before the conclave to elect the next pope.
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  • Cardinals at the Vatican
  • On this second Sunday without a pope, prayers are focused on the 115 cardinals who will elect the Catholic Church's next leader.
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  • Cardinals walking
  • Cardinals preparing for next Tuesday's conclave have been meeting for six days to discuss the future of the Roman Catholic Church.
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  • Firefighters place the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel
  • The Vatican is trying to put an end to speculation that divisions among cardinals could drag out the conclave to elect the pope.
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  • Cardinal Odilo Pedro Scherer arrives for a meeting at the Vatican, Friday, March 8, 2013. The Vatican says the conclave to elect a new pope will likely start in the first few days of next week.
  • Cardinals have set Tuesday as the start date for the conclave to elect the next pope.
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  • Conclave
  • Cardinals have set Tuesday as the start date for the conclave to elect the next pope.
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  • Conclave
  • The American cardinals in Rome for the conclave to elect the next pope have canceled their popular daily press briefings.
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  • Cardinal Sean P. OMalley, the archbishop of Boston, arrives for a meeting, at the Vatican
  • The Vatican is now waiting for five more cardinals to reach Rome before setting the date for the conclave to elect a new pope.
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  • Cardinals arrive in St. Peters Square at the Vatican
  • Cardinals from around the world gathered today inside the Vatican for their first round of meetings before the conclave.
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  • Special mass held at St. Marys Cathedral in San Francisco for Pope Benedict XVI
  • At a special mass for Benedict XVI at St. Mary's in San Francisco, many parishioners were left wondering who will be the next pope.
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  • Special mass held at St. Marys Cathedral in San Francisco for Pope Benedict XVI
  • Bay Area church bells tolled 85 times in honor of Benedict XVI's age, and special masses were held to celebrate the pope's service.
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