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[VIDEO] Pope Francis stops Popemobile to bless disabled man, baby

Posted By KATE STANTON, UPI.com   |   March 19, 2013 at 11:46 AM   |   Comments

March 19 (UPI) -- Having foregone the usual covered "Popemobile" for an open white convertible, Pope Francis delighted the masses gathered in St. Peter's square Tuesday by stopping the procession multiple times to kiss a baby and a disabled man in the crowd.

As The Telegraph's Nick Squires reported:

"The Pope's minders must be on the verge of a nervous breakdown. In an unprecedented gesture, he told his driver to stop the Popemobile in the middle of St Peter's Square, climbed down off the back steps and kissed and blessed a severely handicapped man in the crowd."

Francis conducted his inaugural mass soon after the procession, telling his audience that a pope must "serve with love" for all people.

"He must be inspired by the lowly, concrete and faithful service which marked St. Joseph and, like him, he must open his arms to protect all of God's people and embrace with tender affection the whole of humanity, especially the poorest, the weakest, the least important."
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