Photos: Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday

Photos: Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday

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VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MARCH 24: A woman holds an olive branch as crowds gather to watch Pope Francis delivers his blessing to the palms and to the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square during Palm Sunday Mass on March 24, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Francis lead his first mass of Holy Week as pontiff by celebrating Palm Sunday in front of thousands of faithful and clergy. The pope's first holy week will also incorporate him washing the feet of prisoners in a youth detention centre in Rome next Thursday, 28th March. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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Posted on March 24, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 7:36 AM

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis celebrated his first Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square, encouraging people to be humble and young at heart and promising to go to a youth jamboree in Brazil in July, while the faithful enthusiastically waved olive branches and braided palm fronds.

The square overflowed with a crowd estimated by the Vatican at 250,000 people. Pilgrims, tourists and Romans jostled each other in an eager effort glimpse Francis as they joined the new pope at the start of solemn Holy Week ceremonies, which lead up to Easter, Christianity’s most important day.

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