Ten great pictures of people delighted to meet Pope Francis

Pope Francis waves to ecstatic pilgrims in St Peter’s Square:

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Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa’s audience with Pope Francis gives him a reason to be cheerful:

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Pope Francis meets a young child before a general audience:

Pope greets boy as he arrives to lead general audience at Vatican

Eight-yeard-old Dominic Gondreau, who has cerebral palsy, hugs the Pope after Francis celebrated Easter Sunday Mass:

Photo of Pope Francis embracing boy captures worldwide attention

Precious, a blind woman from Gabon, greets the Pope after a general audience:

Woman hugs pope as he leaves general audience in St. Peter's Square at Vatican

A young boy is delighted to meet Pope Francis:

Pope blesses child as he arrives to lead general audience at Vatican

The Pope receives a gift from the president of San Lorenzo, his favourite football team:

Priesident of Club Atletico San Lorenzo soccer presents Pope Francis with gift at weekly audience

More football, and this time its Inter Milan’s Javier Zanetti who is thrilled to meet Pope Francis:


Pope Francis prepares to bless another child in St Peter’s Square:


Italian justice minister Paola Severino smiles as she greets Francis:

Pope Francis greets Minister of Justice Paola Severino before celebrating Holy Thursday Mass at youth prison in Rome

And a bonus picture of one teary meeting:

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Photos courtesy of AP and CNS