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Pope Francis halts motorcade to kiss babies

July 24, 2013

APARECIDA, Brazil (AP) — Pope Francis has made a habit of kissing babies in Brazil, and he’s now held up an official motorcade to kiss a few more.

The pontiff visited the Brazilian city of Aparecida on Wednesday to celebrate his first public Mass since arriving Monday. Then he lunched with seminarians and bishops.

Afterward, while riding in an open-air vehicle to catch a flight back to Rio de Janeiro, Francis halted the motorcade and descended to his right.

He went over to a chest-high metal barricade, greeted a crowd and kissed a baby handed his way.

Francis then went to the other side of the road and kissed another toddler held aloft by a crowd of people.

The pontiff has kissed several babies each time he’s encountered the public in Brazil.

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