Pope Francis: A look at the first six months

Today marks six months since the election of Pope Francis.

The Holy Father has repeatedly been in the headlines since his election, washing the feet of inmates, inviting the homeless to dinner, surprising numerous people across the globe with personal phone calls, and greeting more than 3 million young people in Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day.

Papal observers suggest that mercy and renewal will be themes that we can expect to see continuing throughout this pontificate.

Here are a few highlights from the last six months: (Click on the image to magnify)

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