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Pope doing 'nothing special' on anniversary

Francis spending day in prayer, says Lombardi

13 March, 11:55
Pope doing 'nothing special' on anniversary (see related) (ANSA) - Vatican City, March 13 - Pope Francis is spending the first anniversary of his election in prayer at a Lenten retreat near Rome and is not doing anything special to celebrate, Vatican Spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said Thursday.

"Today the pope is not doing anything special or different from other days," Lombardi told reporters. "He is praying".

Lombardi said that on Friday Francis will return from the retreat in Ariccia by bus, the same means of transport he used to travel to the hill town on Sunday.

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