Pope Francis stresses mercy message on 3rd anniversary

March 13, 2016 12:06 PM

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VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis is marking his third anniversary as pope by reinforcing his message of mercy and giving away 40,000 copies of the Gospel of St. Luke.

Nuns who work in the Vatican's free pediatric clinic and Rome grandparents handed out the booklets to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square for Francis' Sunday blessing.

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