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Pope Francis proves to be a pontiff of surprises

It is already an indelible image of Pope Francis’s first trip abroad: a giddy crowd of well-wishers swarming the pontiff’s car after it made a wrong turn in downtown Rio de Janeiro, overwhelming his meager security detail — and delighting the man in the back seat.

Francis waved at the raucous mob through open windows, and even kissed a baby that a woman handed him through his car’s open windows. The pope was transferred to an open vehicle where he finished the ride, beaming.

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