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ROME: Pope John Paul II sometimes stops to pat a baby or two to the delight of crowds - but yesterday, dozens of Roman children broke ranks with protocol to mob the pontiff with hugs and kisses.

At the end of Mass in St Peter's Square attended by faithful from Roman parishes, some 40 children performed a choreographed display using colourful streamers.

Then the kisses began. First one child, then another, who threw her arms around the Pope.

Too impatient to wait their turn, the rest of the boys and girls rushed up together to the Pope's chair, jostling each other so they could get their chance to hug and kiss him.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:May 29, 2000
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