Clutching palms, olive branches, faithful join pope at Holy Week's start in St. Peter's Square

April 13, 2014 8:43 AM

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VATICAN CITY — Tens of thousands of Romans, tourists and pilgrims have joined Pope Francis in a solemn Palm Sunday service in St. Peter's Square.

Under cloudy skies, Francis celebrated Mass on the steps of the square as the crowd spread out before him. Faithful clutched olive tree branches, tall palm fronds or tiny braided palm leaves shaped like crosses.

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