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Blinken, Putin Congratulate Pope Francis on 11th Anniversary of Election

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Pope Francis presides greets pilgrims at a penitential service at St. Pius V Parish in Rome on March 8, 2024.

Pope Francis — born Jorge Mario Bergoglio — was elected as the 266th successor to St. Peter on March 13, 2013, following the historic resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.