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A new pope

Pope Francis begins his papacy

ROME — With the humility and quiet humor that have become his calling card, Pope Francis, in his first day as pontiff, made several visits to important shrines in Rome and checked out of his residence, making sure to pay the bill.

Shortly after 8 a.m., the pope went to Saint Mary Major Basilica where he sat in silent prayer and also prayed at the main altar where what is believed to be the relics of the manger where Jesus Christ was born are kept.

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