updated 1/24/2014 3:31:10 AM ET 2014-01-24T08:31:10

ROME (Reuters) - A small homemade bomb exploded in a street in central Rome early on Thursday, causing slight damage to a building belonging to a French religious establishment and three parked cars, police said.

The explosion occurred ahead of a visit to Pope Francis by French President Francois Hollande.

(Reporting by Roberto Landucci; Editing by Jon Boyle)

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