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Pope Francis thanks hotel staff

Pope Francis put his humility on display during his first day as pontiff Thursday, stopping by his hotel to pick up his luggage and thank the staff. It was a decidedly different style of papacy than that of his tradition-minded predecessor, Benedict XVI, who tended to stay ensconced in the frescoed halls of the Vatican.

A crowd was on hand to greet him Thursday morning when Francis showed up at the Vatican-owned residence where he routinely stays during visits to Rome and where he stayed before the start of the conclave

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