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Love is in the air: Pope marries couple mid-flight during Chile visit

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE ­– In his five years in office, Pope Francis has gained a reputation for tossing protocol and embracing spontaneity. On Jan. 18, he did it again with another papal first: marrying two flight attendants on board his flight from Santiago to Iquique, Chile.

Pope Francis makes surprise visit to sick children

ROME – In yet another “Mercy Friday” outing, Pope Francis traveled to the outskirts of Rome January 5 to visit sick children receiving care at a campus of the Vatican’s Bambino Gesù hospital, offering comfort to patients and their parents.

Haitian children, Andrea Bocelli sing for Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY – There was a special surprise at the end of Pope Francis’ general audience Wednesday — a performance by acclaimed Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli and a choir of 60 children from the poorest areas of Haiti.