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Here's Your Chance to Own the Pope's Motorcycle

UpdatePosted 01/17/2014 11:30AM

Here's Your Chance to Own the Pope's Motorcycle

Originally posted 01/15/2014 11:00AM

Call it Vatican Chopper.

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PHOTO: Pope Francis Grins Big While a Lamb Rests on His Shoulders

UpdatePosted 01/08/2014 05:00PM

The Daily Treat: Pope Francis Grins Big While a Lamb Rests on His Shoulders

Originally posted 01/08/2014 03:30PM

Is it time to start calling him His Happiness?

During his visit to St. Alfonso Maria de' Liguori parish church just outside Rome on Monday, Pope Francis found himself up close and personal with an "actor" from the church's living nativity scene – a lamb! The young animal was carefully placed around the Pope's shoulders, eliciting a massive grin from the religious leader. The lamb is an important part of Biblical imagery, with Jesus sometimes referred to as the "Lamb of God."

Pope Francis was in attendance to celebrate Epiphany, but he also managed to kick off 2014 in a rather big way. Considering the past year he had, during which he was named Time's Person of the Year, we're sure it will be difficult for him to beat his 2013 achievements – but a cute photo with a lamb is a nice way to start.

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12 Reasons Why Pope Francis Had the Best Year Ever

UpdatePosted 12/12/2013 05:30PM

12 Reasons Why Pope Francis Had the Best Year Ever

Originally posted 12/10/2013 03:00PM

Time magazine announced Wednesday morning that Pope Francis is its 2013 Person of the Year, noting, "The septuagenarian superstar is poised to transform a place that measures change by the century. ... He took the name of a humble saint and then called for a church of healing."

Here, too, are 12 other reasons why the newsweekly, which, like PEOPLE, is published by Time Inc., made such a great call.

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In View: The 10 Best Photos of the Week

In View: The 10 Best Photos of the Week

Originally posted 12/12/2013 08:00AM

Breathtaking images from the moments that had us buzzing this week

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Pope Francis Is Time's Person of the Year

Pope Francis Is Time's Person of the Year

Originally posted 12/11/2013 07:50AM

Pope Francis is Time's Person of the Year for 2013, it was announced Wednesday morning.

"He took the name of a humble saint and then called for a church of healing," says the newsweekly, which, like PEOPLE, is published by Time Inc. "The septuagenarian superstar is poised to transform a place that measures change by the century."

What "makes this Pope so important," explained Time, "is the speed with which he has captured the imaginations of millions who had given up on hoping for the church at all. People weary of the endless parsing of sexual ethics, the buck-passing infighting over lines of authority when all the while (to borrow from Milton), 'the hungry Sheep look up, and are not fed.' In a matter of months, Francis has elevated the healing mission of the church ... above the doctrinal police work so important to his recent predecessors."

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Who Made Barbara Walters's List of Most Fascinating People of 2013?

Barbara Walters Names Most Fascinating People of 2013: See Who Made the Cut

Originally posted 12/03/2013 11:25AM

If you've ever wondered what Miley Cyrus could possibly have in common with Prince George – aside from a seeming penchant for teddy bears – well … now you have your answer.

Both have made the cut for Barbara Walters's list of the Most Fascinating People of 2013.

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Disfigured Man Feels 'Stronger and Happier' Since Pope Francis Embraced Him

Vinicio Riva Feels 'Stronger and Happier' Since Pope Francis Embraced Him

Originally posted 11/26/2013 04:40PM



Pope Francis's embrace of a disfigured man made an impact far beyond the Catholic Church, and now, Vinicio Riva, the recipient of that kind act, is opening up about the personal effect it had on him, reports CNN.

"When he embraced me, I quivered. I felt a great warmth," says 53-year-old Riva, who since the age of 15 has suffered from neurofibromatosis, a genetic condition that causes painful growths and tumors throughout the body. His mother and sister were similarly affected.

Earlier this month, Riva and his aunt, Caterina Lotto, traveled from Vicenza, in Northern Italy, to Saint Peter's Square in Vatican City to see Pope Francis speak. Francis approached Riva and kissed and hugged him, placing his hand on Riva's head.

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Proven: Pope Francis Has Conquered the Internet

Proven: Pope Francis Has Conquered the Internet

Originally posted 11/13/2013 03:00PM

The dust has cleared, the gloves are off, and it's official: Pope Francis won the Internet this year. Global Language Monitor, a Texas-based company that tracks the most frequently mentioned terms on the Web, announced that the pontiff topped their 14th-annual survey of English-language blogs, social media, and 275,000 electronic and online news sites.

Francis beat out NSA leaker Edward Snowden, real-life Disney princess – and also the Duchess of Cambridge – Kate Middleton, and even Miley Cyrus, who practically was the entire Internet for a post-VMA minute.

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Photos of Pope Embracing Disfigured Man Go Viral

UpdatePosted 11/07/2013 09:30PM

Photos of Pope Embracing Disfigured Man Go Viral

Originally posted 11/07/2013 11:00AM

It's the photo that has even atheists professing admiration for Pope Francis.

At the end of his General Audience in Vatican City on Wednesday (which had about 50,000 attendees), someone snapped a picture of Francis embracing a man afflicted with neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes pain and the formation of thousands of tumors throughout the body.

In the photos, the unnamed man buries his head in Francis's robes as the Pope puts his hand on his head, an instantly iconic image that went viral almost immediately, disseminated across virtually every social media platform.

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Pope Francis Setting 'a Good Example' | Pope Francis

Pope Francis Setting 'a Good Example'

Originally posted 03/23/2013 09:00AM

On his first day as head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis woke at 5:30 a.m. and, after morning prayers, returned to the Rome hotel where he spent his last hours as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, to settle his bill of 72.50 euros per night ($93.87). He did so, Holy See spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi tells PEOPLE, "to set a good example."

Was it a first? Perhaps. Already this first New World Jesuit pope has set a number of precedents. For many, the election of Francis, 76, inspires optimism amidst shrinking church membership and sexual-abuse scandals.

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