updated 1/24/2014 3:45:03 AM ET 2014-01-24T08:45:03

ROME (Reuters) - A small homemade bomb exploded in a street in central Rome early on Friday, 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.

( This version of the story corrects day of the week to Friday in first paragraph)

(Reporting by Roberto Landucci; Editing by Jon Boyle)

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