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  • Pope Francis speaks before the Regina Coeli prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Monday, April 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

    Pope Francis will spend Monday's Vatican holiday praying at the tomb of Peter, during a visit to the excavated necropolis under St. Peter's Basilica.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 01, 2013, 11:25 AM EDT
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  • VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MARCH 19: Pope Francis celebrates holds a thurible during his Inauguration Mass on March 19, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican.

    Pope Francis has made his first bishop appointment, naming the bishop of Santa Rosa, Argentina as his successor as archbishop of Buenos Aires.

    LAST UPDATE : Mar 28, 2013, 11:52 AM EDT
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  • In this March 18, 2013 file photo provided by the Vatican paper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis is presented a mate gourd and straw, to hold the traditional Argentine tea, by Argentine President Cristina Fernandez, during their meeting at the Vatican.

    Since the cardinal she treated like a rival became Pope Francis, populist President Cristina Fernandez has had to retool her approach.

    LAST UPDATE : Mar 27, 2013, 6:12 PM EDT
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  • FILE - This is a Sunday, March 17, 2013 file photo of Pope Francis gestures as he delivers his Angelus prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican. The election of a Jesuit pope devoted to the poor and stressing a message of mercy rather than condemnation has brought a glimmer of hope to American nuns who have been the subject of a Vatican crackdown accusing them of having focused too much on social justice at the expense of other church issues such as abortion, accor

    In his first foreign policy, Francis said it was important to intensify dialogue among different religions and to deepen the church's outreach to atheists.

    LAST UPDATE : Mar 22, 2013, 11:43 AM EDT
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