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Pope Francis Delivers the Urbi et Orbi Christmas Day Message
Pope Francis waves as he delivers the Urbi et Orbi (to the city and to the world) Christmas Day message from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City on December 25, 2014. The Pope denounced the persecution of religious and ethnic minorities, condemned Taliban attacks in Pakistan and urged dialogue between Palestinians and Israelis. UPI/Stefano Spaziari
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Pope Francis (Latin: Franciscus; Italian: Francesco; born Jorge Mario Bergoglio,[b] 17 December 1936) is the Catholic Church's Pope, an ancient title he holds ex officio as Bishop of Rome, in which capacity he is Sovereign ad vitam of the Vatican City State.

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