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              Pope Francis waves to faithful aboard an Italian Coast Guard boat upon his arrival at the island of Lampedusa, southern Italy, Monday, July 8, 2013. Pope Francis heads Monday to the Sic

    Pope Francis waves to faithful aboard an Italian Coast Guard boat upon his arrival at the island of Lampedusa, southern Italy, Monday, July 8, 2013. Pope Francis heads Monday to the Sic

    Posted: 7/8/2013 3:40:32 AM EST
    Pope Francis waves to faithful aboard an Italian Coast Guard boat upon his arrival at the island of Lampedusa, southern Italy, Monday, July 8, 2013. Pope Francis heads Monday to the Sicilian island of Lampedusa for his first pastoral visit outside Rome, going to the farthest reaches of Italy to pray with migrants who have recently arrived and remember those who have died trying. Francis, a pope from "the end of the Earth" whose ancestors immigrated to Argentina from Italy, has a special place in his heart for refugees: As archbishop of Buenos Aires, he denounced the exploitation of migrants as "slavery" and said those who did nothing to stop it were complicit by their silence. On Monday, he will arrive at Lampedusa's port by boat and will throw a floral wreath into the sea in memory of those who died trying to reach the island, which is closer to Africa than the Italian mainland. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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              Pope Francis boards an Italian Coast Guard boat upon his arrival at the island of Lampedusa, southern Italy, Monday, July 8, 2013. Pope Francis heads Monday to the Sicilian island of La

    Pope Francis boards an Italian Coast Guard boat upon his arrival at the island of Lampedusa, southern Italy, Monday, July 8, 2013. Pope Francis heads Monday to the Sicilian island of La

    Posted: 7/8/2013 3:40:32 AM EST
    Pope Francis boards an Italian Coast Guard boat upon his arrival at the island of Lampedusa, southern Italy, Monday, July 8, 2013. Pope Francis heads Monday to the Sicilian island of Lampedusa for his first pastoral visit outside Rome, going to the farthest reaches of Italy to pray with migrants who have recently arrived and remember those who have died trying. Francis, a pope from "the end of the Earth" whose ancestors immigrated to Argentina from Italy, has a special place in his heart for refugees: As archbishop of Buenos Aires, he denounced the exploitation of migrants as "slavery" and said those who did nothing to stop it were complicit by their silence. On Monday, he will arrive at Lampedusa's port by boat and will throw a floral wreath into the sea in memory of those who died trying to reach the island, which is closer to Africa than the Italian mainland. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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              Pope Francis waves from aboard an Italian Coast Guard boat upon his arrival at the island of Lampedusa, southern Italy, Monday, July 8, 2013. Pope Francis heads Monday to the Sicilian i

    Pope Francis waves from aboard an Italian Coast Guard boat upon his arrival at the island of Lampedusa, southern Italy, Monday, July 8, 2013. Pope Francis heads Monday to the Sicilian i

    Posted: 7/8/2013 3:40:32 AM EST
    Pope Francis waves from aboard an Italian Coast Guard boat upon his arrival at the island of Lampedusa, southern Italy, Monday, July 8, 2013. Pope Francis heads Monday to the Sicilian island of Lampedusa for his first pastoral visit outside Rome, going to the farthest reaches of Italy to pray with migrants who have recently arrived and remember those who have died trying. Francis, a pope from "the end of the Earth" whose ancestors immigrated to Argentina from Italy, has a special place in his heart for refugees: As archbishop of Buenos Aires, he denounced the exploitation of migrants as "slavery" and said those who did nothing to stop it were complicit by their silence. On Monday, he will arrive at Lampedusa's port by boat and will throw a floral wreath into the sea in memory of those who died trying to reach the island, which is closer to Africa than the Italian mainland. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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              Migrants are seen on a Coast Guard boat as they arrive in the port of the island of Lampedusa, southern Italy, Monday July 8, 2013. Pope Francis heads Monday to the Sicilian island of L

    Migrants are seen on a Coast Guard boat as they arrive in the port of the island of Lampedusa, southern Italy, Monday July 8, 2013. Pope Francis heads Monday to the Sicilian island of L

    Posted: 7/8/2013 3:40:32 AM EST
    Migrants are seen on a Coast Guard boat as they arrive in the port of the island of Lampedusa, southern Italy, Monday July 8, 2013. Pope Francis heads Monday to the Sicilian island of Lampedusa for his first pastoral visit outside Rome, going to the farthest reaches of Italy to pray with migrants who have recently arrived and remember those who have died trying. Francis, a pope from "the end of the Earth" whose ancestors immigrated to Argentina from Italy, has a special place in his heart for refugees: As archbishop of Buenos Aires, he denounced the exploitation of migrants as "slavery" and said those who did nothing to stop it were complicit by their silence. On Monday, he will arrive at Lampedusa's port by boat and will throw a floral wreath into the sea in memory of those who died trying to reach the island, which is closer to Africa than the Italian mainland (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
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              Workers prepare the area where Pope Francis will celebrate a Mass during his visit to Lampeduda, Italy , Sunday, July 7, 2013. Pope Francis heads Monday to the Sicilian island of Lamped

    Workers prepare the area where Pope Francis will celebrate a Mass during his visit to Lampeduda, Italy , Sunday, July 7, 2013. Pope Francis heads Monday to the Sicilian island of Lamped

    Posted: 7/8/2013 3:40:32 AM EST
    Workers prepare the area where Pope Francis will celebrate a Mass during his visit to Lampeduda, Italy , Sunday, July 7, 2013. Pope Francis heads Monday to the Sicilian island of Lampedusa for his first pastoral visit outside Rome, going to the farthest reaches of Italy to pray with migrants who have recently arrived and remember those who have died trying. Francis, a pope from "the end of the Earth" whose ancestors immigrated to Argentina from Italy, has a special place in his heart for refugees: As archbishop of Buenos Aires, he denounced the exploitation of migrants as "slavery" and said those who did nothing to stop it were complicit by their silence. On Monday, he will arrive at Lampedusa's port by boat and will throw a floral wreath into the sea in memory of those who died trying to reach the island, which is closer to Africa than the Italian mainland (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
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              Workers prepare the altar where Pope Francis is scheduled to celebrate a Mass during his visit to Lampedusa, Sunday, July 7, 2013. Pope Francis heads Monday to the Sicilian island of La

    Workers prepare the altar where Pope Francis is scheduled to celebrate a Mass during his visit to Lampedusa, Sunday, July 7, 2013. Pope Francis heads Monday to the Sicilian island of La

    Posted: 7/8/2013 3:40:32 AM EST
    Workers prepare the altar where Pope Francis is scheduled to celebrate a Mass during his visit to Lampedusa, Sunday, July 7, 2013. Pope Francis heads Monday to the Sicilian island of Lampedusa for his first pastoral visit outside Rome, going to the farthest reaches of Italy to pray with migrants who have recently arrived and remember those who have died trying. Francis, a pope from "the end of the Earth" whose ancestors immigrated to Argentina from Italy, has a special place in his heart for refugees: As archbishop of Buenos Aires, he denounced the exploitation of migrants as "slavery" and said those who did nothing to stop it were complicit by their silence. On Monday, he will arrive at Lampedusa's port by boat and will throw a floral wreath into the sea in memory of those who died trying to reach the island, which is closer to Africa than the Italian mainland (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
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              Men are silhouetted at the migrants reception center in Lampedusa, Italy, Sunday, July 7, 2013. Pope Francis heads Monday to the Sicilian island of Lampedusa for his first pastoral visi

    Men are silhouetted at the migrants reception center in Lampedusa, Italy, Sunday, July 7, 2013. Pope Francis heads Monday to the Sicilian island of Lampedusa for his first pastoral visi

    Posted: 7/8/2013 3:40:32 AM EST
    Men are silhouetted at the migrants reception center in Lampedusa, Italy, Sunday, July 7, 2013. Pope Francis heads Monday to the Sicilian island of Lampedusa for his first pastoral visit outside Rome, going to the farthest reaches of Italy to pray with migrants who have recently arrived and remember those who have died trying. Francis, a pope from "the end of the Earth" whose ancestors immigrated to Argentina from Italy, has a special place in his heart for refugees: As archbishop of Buenos Aires, he denounced the exploitation of migrants as "slavery" and said those who did nothing to stop it were complicit by their silence. On Monday, he will arrive at Lampedusa's port by boat and will throw a floral wreath into the sea in memory of those who died trying to reach the island, which is closer to Africa than the Italian mainland (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
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              Pope Francis is welcomed upon his arrival in the island of Lampedusa southern Italy, Monday July 8, 2013. Pope Francis has arrived on the tiny Sicilian island of Lampedusa to greet rece

    Pope Francis is welcomed upon his arrival in the island of Lampedusa southern Italy, Monday July 8, 2013. Pope Francis has arrived on the tiny Sicilian island of Lampedusa to greet rece

    Posted: 7/8/2013 3:40:32 AM EST
    Pope Francis is welcomed upon his arrival in the island of Lampedusa southern Italy, Monday July 8, 2013. Pope Francis has arrived on the tiny Sicilian island of Lampedusa to greet recently arrived migrants as yet another boatload came ashore carrying 162 Eritreans. Francis came to pray with survivors of the treacherous crossing from Africa and mourn those who have died trying. He flew Monday from Rome to Lampedusa's airport and was traveling by coast guard ship to the island's main port, where he is to throw a wreath of flowers into the sea to remember migrants who never arrived. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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              Pope Francis, right, boards an Italian Coast Guard boat upon his arrival at the island of Lampedusa, southern Italy, Monday, July 8, 2013. Pope Francis heads Monday to the Sicilian isla

    Pope Francis, right, boards an Italian Coast Guard boat upon his arrival at the island of Lampedusa, southern Italy, Monday, July 8, 2013. Pope Francis heads Monday to the Sicilian isla

    Posted: 7/8/2013 3:40:32 AM EST
    Pope Francis, right, boards an Italian Coast Guard boat upon his arrival at the island of Lampedusa, southern Italy, Monday, July 8, 2013. Pope Francis heads Monday to the Sicilian island of Lampedusa for his first pastoral visit outside Rome, going to the farthest reaches of Italy to pray with migrants who have recently arrived and remember those who have died trying. Francis, a pope from "the end of the Earth" whose ancestors immigrated to Argentina from Italy, has a special place in his heart for refugees: As archbishop of Buenos Aires, he denounced the exploitation of migrants as "slavery" and said those who did nothing to stop it were complicit by their silence. On Monday, he will arrive at Lampedusa's port by boat and will throw a floral wreath into the sea in memory of those who died trying to reach the island, which is closer to Africa than the Italian mainland. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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              A poster reading "Welcome Pope Francis, the fishermen's Pope" is displayed on a boat moored at the Lampedusa harbor, Italy, Sunday, July 7, 2013. Pope Francis heads Monday to the Sicili

    A poster reading "Welcome Pope Francis, the fishermen's Pope" is displayed on a boat moored at the Lampedusa harbor, Italy, Sunday, July 7, 2013. Pope Francis heads Monday to the Sicili

    Posted: 7/7/2013 12:29:37 PM EST
    A poster reading "Welcome Pope Francis, the fishermen's Pope" is displayed on a boat moored at the Lampedusa harbor, Italy, Sunday, July 7, 2013. Pope Francis heads Monday to the Sicilian island of Lampedusa for his first pastoral visit outside Rome, going to the farthest reaches of Italy to pray with migrants who have recently arrived and remember those who have died trying. Francis, a pope from "the end of the Earth" whose ancestors immigrated to Argentina from Italy, has a special place in his heart for refugees: As archbishop of Buenos Aires, he denounced the exploitation of migrants as "slavery" and said those who did nothing to stop it were complicit by their silence. On Monday, he will arrive at Lampedusa's port by boat and will throw a floral wreath into the sea in memory of those who died trying to reach the island, which is closer to Africa than the Italian mainland. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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              A poster reading "Welcome Pope Francis, the fishermen's Pope" is displayed on a boat moored at the Lampedusa harbor, Italy, Sunday, July 7, 2013. Pope Francis heads Monday to the Sicili

    A poster reading "Welcome Pope Francis, the fishermen's Pope" is displayed on a boat moored at the Lampedusa harbor, Italy, Sunday, July 7, 2013. Pope Francis heads Monday to the Sicili

    Posted: 7/7/2013 12:29:37 PM EST
    A poster reading "Welcome Pope Francis, the fishermen's Pope" is displayed on a boat moored at the Lampedusa harbor, Italy, Sunday, July 7, 2013. Pope Francis heads Monday to the Sicilian island of Lampedusa for his first pastoral visit outside Rome, going to the farthest reaches of Italy to pray with migrants who have recently arrived and remember those who have died trying. Francis, a pope from "the end of the Earth" whose ancestors immigrated to Argentina from Italy, has a special place in his heart for refugees: As archbishop of Buenos Aires, he denounced the exploitation of migrants as "slavery" and said those who did nothing to stop it were complicit by their silence. On Monday, he will arrive at Lampedusa's port by boat and will throw a floral wreath into the sea in memory of those who died trying to reach the island, which is closer to Africa than the Italian mainland. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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              A poster reading "Welcome Pope Francis, the fishermen's Pope" is displayed on a boat moored at the Lampedusa harbor, Italy, Sunday, July 7, 2013. Pope Francis heads Monday to the Sicili

    A poster reading "Welcome Pope Francis, the fishermen's Pope" is displayed on a boat moored at the Lampedusa harbor, Italy, Sunday, July 7, 2013. Pope Francis heads Monday to the Sicili

    Posted: 7/7/2013 12:29:37 PM EST
    A poster reading "Welcome Pope Francis, the fishermen's Pope" is displayed on a boat moored at the Lampedusa harbor, Italy, Sunday, July 7, 2013. Pope Francis heads Monday to the Sicilian island of Lampedusa for his first pastoral visit outside Rome, going to the farthest reaches of Italy to pray with migrants who have recently arrived and remember those who have died trying. Francis, a pope from "the end of the Earth" whose ancestors immigrated to Argentina from Italy, has a special place in his heart for refugees: As archbishop of Buenos Aires, he denounced the exploitation of migrants as "slavery" and said those who did nothing to stop it were complicit by their silence. On Monday, he will arrive at Lampedusa's port by boat and will throw a floral wreath into the sea in memory of those who died trying to reach the island, which is closer to Africa than the Italian mainland. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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              The choir of the Mabopane branch of the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa sing religious songs and pray for the health of Nelson Mandela outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospi

    The choir of the Mabopane branch of the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa sing religious songs and pray for the health of Nelson Mandela outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospi

    Posted: 7/7/2013 8:36:23 AM EST
    The choir of the Mabopane branch of the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa sing religious songs and pray for the health of Nelson Mandela outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where former South African President Mandela is being treated in Pretoria, South Africa Sunday, July 7, 2013. Tribal king Zwelibanzi Dalindyebo of the Thembu tribe on Saturday removed Mandla Mandela, a grandson of Nelson Mandela, from his post of traditional authority while the former president is hospitalized in critical condition, after it was revealed that the grandson had moved the bodies of three of Nelson Mandela's children to his village of Mvezo in South Africa's Eastern Cape. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
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              The choir of the Mabopane branch of the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa sing religious songs and pray for the health of former South African President Nelson Mandela out

    The choir of the Mabopane branch of the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa sing religious songs and pray for the health of former South African President Nelson Mandela out

    Posted: 7/7/2013 8:36:23 AM EST
    The choir of the Mabopane branch of the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa sing religious songs and pray for the health of former South African President Nelson Mandela outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where Mandela is being treated in Pretoria, South Africa Sunday, July 7, 2013. Tribal king Zwelibanzi Dalindyebo of the Thembu tribe on Saturday removed Mandla Mandela, a grandson of Nelson Mandela, from his post of traditional authority while the former president is hospitalized in critical condition, after it was revealed that the grandson had moved the bodies of three of Nelson Mandela's children to his village of Mvezo in South Africa's Eastern Cape. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
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              Women cooking food interact as they celebrate a family member of former South African President Nelson Mandela's, unseen, traditional Xhosa male circumcision ceremony into manhood, near

    Women cooking food interact as they celebrate a family member of former South African President Nelson Mandela's, unseen, traditional Xhosa male circumcision ceremony into manhood, near

    Posted: 7/6/2013 4:49:58 PM EST
    Women cooking food interact as they celebrate a family member of former South African President Nelson Mandela's, unseen, traditional Xhosa male circumcision ceremony into manhood, near the home of former South African president Nelson Mandela in Qunu, South Africa, Saturday, July 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam) SOUTH AFRICA OUT
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              Children and other well-wishers release balloons to mark former South African President Nelson Mandela completing his 27th day in hospital Thursday, correlating with the 27 years he spe

    Children and other well-wishers release balloons to mark former South African President Nelson Mandela completing his 27th day in hospital Thursday, correlating with the 27 years he spe

    Posted: 7/5/2013 8:15:58 AM EST
    Children and other well-wishers release balloons to mark former South African President Nelson Mandela completing his 27th day in hospital Thursday, correlating with the 27 years he spent in prison during the apartheid era, outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where he is being treated in Pretoria, South Africa Friday, July 5, 2013. The former president's health is "perilous," according to documents filed in the court case that resulted in the remains of his three deceased children being reburied Thursday in their original graves. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
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              FILE - In this photo taken on May 22, 2013, Rene Bruelhart, director of the  Financial Information Authority, an institution established by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010 to monitor the mone

    FILE - In this photo taken on May 22, 2013, Rene Bruelhart, director of the Financial Information Authority, an institution established by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010 to monitor the mone

    Posted: 7/5/2013 5:01:22 AM EST
    FILE - In this photo taken on May 22, 2013, Rene Bruelhart, director of the Financial Information Authority, an institution established by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010 to monitor the monetary and commercial activities of Vatican agencies, meets the press at the Vatican. The tumultuous revelations about wrongdoing involving the Vatican bank couldn't have come at a worse time for Rene Bruelhart, the Swiss-born anti-money laundering expert recruited by the Holy See last year to oversee its push for greater financial transparency. Bruelhart was heading to Sun City, South Africa for the annual meeting of the Egmont Group, a gathering of financial information agencies from 130 countries, when the Vatican announced that its top two bank managers had resigned amid a blossoming financial scandal and indications that the executives were holding back the bank's much-touted anti-money laundering efforts. Despite the revelations, the Holy See won a coveted membership in the Egmont Group on Wednesday, joining a club that aims to share financial information in the global fight against money laundering and terror financing .(AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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              FILE - In this photo taken on May 22, 2013, Rene Bruelhart, director of the  Financial Information Authority, an institution established by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010 to monitor the mone

    FILE - In this photo taken on May 22, 2013, Rene Bruelhart, director of the Financial Information Authority, an institution established by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010 to monitor the mone

    Posted: 7/5/2013 5:01:22 AM EST
    FILE - In this photo taken on May 22, 2013, Rene Bruelhart, director of the Financial Information Authority, an institution established by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010 to monitor the monetary and commercial activities of Vatican agencies, meets the press at the Vatican. The tumultuous revelations about wrongdoing involving the Vatican bank couldn't have come at a worse time for Rene Bruelhart, the Swiss-born anti-money laundering expert recruited by the Holy See last year to oversee its push for greater financial transparency. Bruelhart was heading to Sun City, South Africa for the annual meeting of the Egmont Group, a gathering of financial information agencies from 130 countries, when the Vatican announced that its top two bank managers had resigned amid a blossoming financial scandal and indications that the executives were holding back the bank's much-touted anti-money laundering efforts. Despite the revelations, the Holy See won a coveted membership in the Egmont Group on Wednesday, joining a club that aims to share financial information in the global fight against money laundering and terror financing .(AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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              Oamohetswe Mabitsela, 4 months old, is placed by his mother next to a picture of Nelson Mandela for her to take a photograph of him with her camera phone, outside the Mediclinic Heart H

    Oamohetswe Mabitsela, 4 months old, is placed by his mother next to a picture of Nelson Mandela for her to take a photograph of him with her camera phone, outside the Mediclinic Heart H

    Posted: 7/4/2013 6:39:24 PM EST
    Oamohetswe Mabitsela, 4 months old, is placed by his mother next to a picture of Nelson Mandela for her to take a photograph of him with her camera phone, outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where former South African President Nelson Mandela is being treated in Pretoria, South Africa Thursday, July 4, 2013. The remains of Nelson Mandela's three deceased children were reburied at their original resting site on Thursday, a day after a court ordered their return two years after Mandela's grandson moved the bodies. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
  •  - Mandla Mandela, grandson of Nelson Mandela, talks during a news conference in Mvezo, a day after a court order to exhume the remains of three of the anti-apartheid hero's children

    Mandla Mandela, grandson of Nelson Mandela, talks during a news conference in Mvezo, a day after a court order to exhume the remains of three of the anti-apartheid hero's children

    Posted: 7/4/2013 3:29:09 PM EST
    Mandla Mandela, grandson of former South African President Nelson Mandela, talks to journalists during a news conference in Mvezo in the Eastern Cape of South Africa July 4, 2013, a day after a court order to exhume the remains of three of the anti-apartheid hero's children. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola