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Pope Francis poses for selfies after Palm Sunday service


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Pope Francis poses for selfies after Palm Sunday service

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Apr 14, 2014

Taking a selfie with a movie star or famous athlete is considered something of an achievement, but imagine what it would feel like to take a selfie with the Pope.

Pope Franics led a Palm Sunday service in front of 100,000 people in Vatican City. According to various reports, the Pope seemed a bit tired and was rather somber, but then seemed to perk up after the ceremony.

He hopped off his popemobile and started posing with those gathered in St. Peter's Square, including a group of young people from Rio de Janeiro who had carried a large cross into the square and a group of Polish youths.

It's not the first time that Pope Francis has posed for a selfie. The first known instance was in August 2013 when he posed with a group of Italian teens. That photo was dubbed "the first Papal selfie."

He also posed with a newlywed couple in March. Edward Pentin, a reporter for the news agency, tweeted out the photo.

His willingness to pose for selfies wasn't the only thing unusual about this Palm Sunday service. According to the Associated Press, the Pope ignored his prepared homily and spoke entirely off-the-cuff. He called upon people to look into their own hearts to see how they are living their lives.

He also sipped tea that was passed to him from the crowd.

Pope Francis, who has been described as rather unconventional, also has a Twitter account, @pontifex.

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Joyce Lupiani, who is based in Las Vegas at KTNV-TV Channel 13, is a contributor to