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Pope Francis prays at the tomb of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy, on Friday.
By Carlo Dellaverson, Digital Producer, NBC News
Pope Francis traveled to the bucolic Umbrian hillside town of Assisi on Friday to pay his first visit to the birthplace of his namesake, St. Francis, the Italian patron saint who shed his life of riches to live and pray amongst the poor in the early 13th century.
Continuing in his mission to follow in St. Francis' footsteps, the pontiff began his trip by blessing disabled children, then, addressing the poor from from the room where St. Francis is said to have undressed to show his modesty and reverence to Christ, Francis called on the church to “undress” and “divest ourselves of worldliness,” which he said leads to vanity, arrogance and pride and is the "cancer of society and the enemy of Christ." Read full story
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Pope Francis leaves St. Francis Basilica at the end of a Mass in Assisi on Friday.
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Nuns look at Pope Francis leaving the Archbishop's residence in Assisi.
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Pope Francis blesses a child during his visit at the Serafico Institute Friday in Assisi.
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Pope Francis waves to monks at the San Damian monastery in Assisi.
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A nun uses binoculars to watch Pope Francis as he leads a Mass in front of St. Francis Basilica.
First published October 4 2013, 7:31 AM