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Pope Francis carries crosier after celebrating Mass outside basilica in Assisi

Pope Francis carries his crosier after celebrating Mass in the piazza outside the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy, Oct. 4. The pontiff was making his first pilgrimage as pope to the birthplace of his papal namesake. Photo by Paul Haring/Catholic News Service

(RNS1-oct4) Pope Francis carries his crosier after celebrating Mass in the piazza outside the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy, Oct. 4. The pontiff was making his first pilgrimage as pope to the birthplace of his papal namesake. For use with RNS-FRANCIS-ASSISI, transmitted on October 4, 2013, Photo by Paul Haring/Catholic News Service.