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Pope to pay first visit to a Roman parish May 26

Will celebrate Communion of 44 kids

Pope to pay first visit to a Roman parish May 26

Vatican City, April 19 - Pope Francis will pay his first visit to a Roman parish in his capacity of bishop of Rome on May 26, the Vatican said Friday. The pope will celebrate the First Communion of 44 children in the Santi Elisabetta and Zaccaria parish on the northern outskirts of Rome, it said. The Argentine pope, elected March 13, has been hailed for his common touch and regularly kisses and caresses children during his general audiences. Francis was installed as bishop of the Italian capital earlier this month at the San Giovanni in Laterano (St John Lateran) basilica, the official church of the bishop of Rome. Francis was elected by a conclave of cardinals to succeed Benedict XVI as pope and bishop of Rome after the former pope's shock abdication in February due to diminishing physical and mental strength.

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