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    Pope Francis Kicks Off Holy Week

    Pope Francis greets the faithful as he leaves after celebrating Palm Sunday Mass, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, March 24, 2013. Pope Francis celebrated his first Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square, encouraging people to be humble and young at heart, as tens of thousands joyfully waved olive branches and palm fronds. The square overflowed with some 250,000 pilgrims, tourists and Romans eager to join the new pope at the start of solemn Holy Week ceremonies, which lead up to Easter, Christianity's most important day (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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    Pope Francis ushered in Holy Week on Sunday with a mass in St. Peter’s Square, joined by 250,000 pilgrims, urging Catholics to be humble and young at heart—and he even shared a story from his own Argentine childhood. The first Jesuit pope—and the first from South America—Francis has already made commitment to the poor a priority since being elected on March 13. The beginning of Holy Week, Palm Sunday mass honors Jesus’s return to Jerusalem before being betrayed by Judas, and Francis urged Catholics to remember the hope Jesus’s arrival had instilled in the poor and downtrodden. He also spontaneously told a story urging a humble lifestyle from his own childhood, saying his grandmother used to say “children, burial shrouds don’t have pockets.”

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