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Priest Snaps Selfie During Pope Francis’ Mass in Philadelphia

Rev Stephen Paolino posted this photo of himself during Pope Francis' Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. fatherstevep via Instagram

We've seen plenty of priests joining the crowds snapping pictures of Pope Francis during his visit to the U.S. but Rev. Stephen Paolino may be the first priest to attempt a selfie during a papal Mass. Paolino posted the resulting picture to his Instagram account. Pope Francis is clearly visible in the background during his Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia on Saturday. Reaction on Instagram has been mostly enthusiastic, but one disapproving commenter asked: "During Mass, really? Are you even a priest?"

According to his Twitter profile, Paolino was ordained in 2007. He is currently serving as an assistant pastor at St. Aloysius Parish in Pottstown, Pennsylvania.

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Priests raise their smartphones to take photos of Pope Francis as he processes toward the altar Saturday in Philadelphia. Julio Cortez / AP