In Sri Lanka, hundreds of thousands hope for a touch from Pope Francis

January 15, 2015 2:39 AM

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In Sri Lanka, hundreds of thousands hope for a touch from Pope Francis

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2014, photo, Pope Francis smiles after getting a garland from a child as he arrives for an interfaith meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Pope Francis has worked to avoid cloaking himself in the mystical power that popes are so often endowed with by believers, but still many of the thousands who came out to see him hoped for a touch or a blessing from him. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das, File) (The Associated Press)

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, file photo, a devotee stretches out his hand to touch the hand of Pope Francis as he arrives to hold a mass at Colombo's seafront Galle Face Green for the canonization ceremony of Joseph Vaz. Francis declared Vaz a saint at the start of the service. Pope Fran...

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