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Sombre, tired-looking Pope presides over Palm Sunday services

Published on Apr 13, 2014 9:01 PM
 

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - A tired and sombre-looking Pope Francis led a Palm Sunday service before more than 100,000 people, opening two packed weeks of activities including Easter and the canonisation of two popes.

The faithful waved palm and olive branches as the 77-year-old Argentine Pope, whose pontificate is 13 months old, rode into the square on a white jeep and stopped at the centre of the square to bless palm and olive branches.

The Pontiff, wearing red vestments, appeared fatigued at the start of the ceremony and was particularly solemn when he delivered an impromptu homily, putting aside the one he had prepared.

He looked tired and subdued through most of the service but later perked up and seemed energised as he greeted young people holding palm branches, and was driven around the square so more people in the crowd could see him. The Vatican estimated the crowd at more than 100,000.

Pope Francis greets the crowd at the end of the Palm Sunday celebrations at St Peter's square on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at the Vatican. A tired and sombre-looking Pope Francis led a Palm Sunday service before more than 100,000 people, opening two packed weeks of activities including Easter and the canonisation of two popes. -- PHOTO: AFP
 
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