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Pape François - Pope Francis - Papa Francesco - Papa Francisco - Pope Francis blesses a woman in a wheelchair during an encounter with youth in Cagliari, Sardinia, Sept. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) (Sept.

04-06 Pope Francis blesses the belly of a pregnant woman after... #mirandola: 04-06 Pope Francis blesses the belly of a… #mirandola

04-06 Pope Francis blesses the belly of a pregnant woman after... #mirandola: 04-06 Pope Francis blesses the belly of a… #mirandola

Pope blesses woman in wheelchair as he leaves general audience in St. Peters Square at Vatican  Pope Francis blesses a woman in a wheelchair as he leaves his general audience in St. Peters Square at the Vatican April 10. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope blesses woman in wheelchair as he leaves general audience in St. Peters Square at Vatican Pope Francis blesses a woman in a wheelchair as he leaves his general audience in St. Peters Square at the Vatican April 10. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pape François - Pope Francis - Papa Francesco - Papa Francisco - Pope Francis blesses a woman in a wheelchair during an encounter with youth in Cagliari, Sardinia, Sept. 22. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) (Sept. 23, 2013)

Pape François - Pope Francis - Papa Francesco - Papa Francisco - Pope Francis blesses a woman in a wheelchair during an encounter with youth in Cagliari, Sardinia, Sept. 22. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) (Sept. 23, 2013)

Picture of the week....!  I think this is the first time I have ever seen a pope touching a woman or have seen a woman’s hand on a papal hand. The times are changing!Well, “touching a woman” beyond a handshake, that is.  I have to say: the image here is strikingly warm and intimate.  Indeed, this is clearly a pontiff comfortable around women and babies.  (For further evidence, check out this video.)

Picture of the week: Pope blessing a mother and her unborn child

Picture of the week....! I think this is the first time I have ever seen a pope touching a woman or have seen a woman’s hand on a papal hand. The times are changing!Well, “touching a woman” beyond a handshake, that is. I have to say: the image here is strikingly warm and intimate. Indeed, this is clearly a pontiff comfortable around women and babies. (For further evidence, check out this video.)

Pope Francis blesses Sudanese Christian Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag and her daughter Maya during a private audience at the Vatican. Photo by L’Osservatore Romano via AFP

Pope Francis blesses Sudanese Christian Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag and her daughter Maya during a private audience at the Vatican. Photo by L’Osservatore Romano via AFP

Pope Francis, wearing a helmet, blesses a woman as Bolivian President Evo Morales (R) looks on, during a World Meeting of Popular Movements in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, July 9, 2015. Pope Francis on Thursday urged the downtrodden to change the world economic order, denouncing a "new colonialism" by agencies that impose austerity programs and calling for the poor to have the "sacred rights" of labor, lodging and land. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi  - RTX1JSW8

Pope Francis, wearing a helmet, blesses a woman as Bolivian President Evo Morales (R) looks on, during a World Meeting of Popular Movements in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, July 9, 2015. Pope Francis on Thursday urged the downtrodden to change the world economic order, denouncing a "new colonialism" by agencies that impose austerity programs and calling for the poor to have the "sacred rights" of labor, lodging and land. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi - RTX1JSW8

Pope greets woman with disability after Mass in St. Peter's Square at Vatican  Pope Francis blesses a woman as he greets people who have disabilities following Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican June 17. The Year of Faith Mass concluded a weekend of events calling attention to care for the aged, the sick, the unborn and those with disabilities. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope greets woman with disability after Mass in St. Peter's Square at Vatican Pope Francis blesses a woman as he greets people who have disabilities following Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican June 17. The Year of Faith Mass concluded a weekend of events calling attention to care for the aged, the sick, the unborn and those with disabilities. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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