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Is this the first papal selfie?
Pope Francis joins young Italian pilgrims this week at St. Peter's Basilica for a photo making waves on social media.
August 30th, 2013
12:37 PM ET

Is this the first papal selfie?

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN) - In another precedent-shattering moment for Pope Francis, the bishop of Rome, the Vicar of Christ, successor of St. Peter and the head of 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide has taken what may be the first papal selfie.

The pontiff posed for the photo with young Italian pilgrims Wednesday at St. Peter's Basilica.

The image of Francis mugging for a cell phone photo with the Italian teens charged through social media when the papal newspaper L'Osservatore Romano released the photo Thursday.

The group of 500 young people was visiting the Vatican from the Catholic diocese of Piacenza-Bobbio in Italy and had a private audience with the pope.

According to Vatican Radio, the pope told the young crowd he wanted to meet with them "for selfish reasons ... because you have in your heart a promise of hope."

"You are bearers of hope. You, in fact, live in the present, but are looking at the future. You are the protagonists of the future, artisans of the future,” the pope told the pilgrims.

“Make the future with beauty, with goodness and truth," he said.  "Have courage. Go forward. Make noise.”

Before the selfie shot around the world, the teens presented the pope with the gift of a wooden-framed illustration of Jesus wearing a crown of thorns.

Pope Francis receives a gift from Italian teenagers.

Italian journalist Fabio M. Ragona got his hands on the selfie and posted it to his Twitter account.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Belief • Catholic Church • Christianity • Pope Francis • Vatican

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    August 31, 2013 at 3:02 pm |
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      • Apple Bush

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          August 31, 2013 at 3:14 pm |
        • bostontola

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  2. Apple Bush

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    August 31, 2013 at 2:57 pm |
  3. Apple Bush

    lost balance

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    August 31, 2013 at 2:48 pm |
  4. Apple Bush

    Many on this blog disagree.

    August 31, 2013 at 2:41 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      While others agree.

      August 31, 2013 at 3:04 pm |
  5. bostontola

    Just look at newer religions, Scientology, or Mormonism which was founded by a convicted criminal. I think the bourdon of proof is on any religion to prove it isn't a scam.

    August 31, 2013 at 2:19 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      I think you meant "bourbon" of truth there sport.

      August 31, 2013 at 2:43 pm |
      • tallulah13

        Or maybe the Bourdain.

        August 31, 2013 at 2:46 pm |
        • Apple Bush

          Or maybe the bourdon of pruuf.

          August 31, 2013 at 3:00 pm |
        • Athy

          No, no, no! It's the proof of the Bourbon that is important.

          August 31, 2013 at 3:08 pm |
      • Apple Bush

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        August 31, 2013 at 3:11 pm |
    • bostontola

      Your only retort is spelling? So you accept the point of the OP, that is progress.

      August 31, 2013 at 8:27 pm |
  6. Jenna Jameson

    I thought Popes and priests had been doing selfies on themselves like forever

    August 31, 2013 at 2:19 pm |
    • Ted

      IF you mean what I think you mean, yeah, well if you prevent them from marrying, then the outcomes are as expected. (Get it – outcomes...)

      August 31, 2013 at 2:37 pm |
  7. bostontola

    What's the oldest profession? It's actually more likely to be Shaman than prosti.tute.

    August 31, 2013 at 2:14 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      bonobos practice prosti.tution, but have no shamans. males often take big branches of food. females approach and offer s.ex for some of the food. the two quickly knock it out and the male breaks off some of the food for the female. seems like primates practice prost.itution before they even have a language.

      August 31, 2013 at 2:26 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      bonobos practice p.rosti.tution, but have no shamans. males often take big branches of food. females approach and offer s.ex for some of the food. the two quickly knock it out and the male breaks off some of the food for the female. seems like primates practice p.rost.itution before they even have a language.

      August 31, 2013 at 2:27 pm |
      • bostontola

        Now we're into definitions. Offering presents is to get a mate is not the same as a female that offers se.x for compensation as a living, I.e. professionally. But it can defined differently and I wouldn't object.

        August 31, 2013 at 2:40 pm |
  8. bostontola

    Why did the one true god let most innocent babies get born into false faiths where they are overwhelmingly likely to remain?

    August 31, 2013 at 2:05 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      pretty sure Yahweh proved he doesn't care about babies when he drowned them all wholesale in his great flood. or when he sent bears to kill 42 children because they made fun of his prophet. or when he destroyed sodom and gomorrah,along with the children therein.

      August 31, 2013 at 2:13 pm |
      • bostontola

        True. My comment applies to any god.

        August 31, 2013 at 2:16 pm |
        • Bootyfunk

          hindus believe any god can be worship on the path to nirvana, even gods of other religions. they believe other gods are really just manifestations of the hindu gods.

          August 31, 2013 at 2:24 pm |
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  10. bostontola

    “Religion was invented when the first con man met the first fool.”

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    August 31, 2013 at 1:53 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      love Mark Twain and never heard that quote before. brilliant and bull's eye.

      August 31, 2013 at 1:55 pm |
  11. Apple Bush

    There is no God so far. If we knew what a "God" was, maybe we could find them.

    August 31, 2013 at 1:53 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      what container can hold a figment of one's imagination?

      August 31, 2013 at 1:56 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      I don't know booty, but I suspect imagination has quite a bit to do with reality.

      August 31, 2013 at 2:02 pm |
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    for my next trick, watch as i give myself a frontal lobotomy - not like i'm using it anyway...

    August 31, 2013 at 1:50 pm |
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    August 31, 2013 at 1:49 pm |
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      August 31, 2013 at 1:51 pm |
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        • Ungodly Discipline

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          August 31, 2013 at 2:46 pm |
        • tallulah13

          Not mad, dear. I just find you really, really boring.

          August 31, 2013 at 2:48 pm |
        • Ungodly Discipline

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    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      yay degenerates!!!

      August 31, 2013 at 1:44 pm |
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    August 31, 2013 at 1:41 pm |
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      August 31, 2013 at 1:42 pm |
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    August 31, 2013 at 1:39 pm |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer changes things
      Proven
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      August 31, 2013 at 1:42 pm |
      • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

        sorry, that was a typo. remember, there is no such thing as god - that's just plain silly.

        August 31, 2013 at 1:43 pm |
    • Doobs

      Stop it. Name stealing is stupid.

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      August 31, 2013 at 1:50 pm |
      • Bootyfunk

        just giving him a taste of his own medicine, lol.

        August 31, 2013 at 1:52 pm |
        • Doobs

          @ Fake Booty

          Actually, I was posting to Fake Atheism Is Not. Stooping to the level of a liar and a thief like you looks bad.

          I hope you keep name stealing and lying in the name of Jeebus though. It illustrates how religious people can't articulate an original thought, and how low they'll sink to promote their cause.

          August 31, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
      • nope

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        August 31, 2013 at 1:54 pm |
  17. Bootyfunk

    "Before the selfie shot around the world, the teens presented the pope with the gift of a wooden-framed illustration of Jesus wearing a crown of thorns."
    === look, here's a pic of our savior being tortured to death. look at the blood flow down his face as the individual thorns pierce his flesh. isn't it beautiful?

    yes, a picture of someone being tortured is just lovely. christianity is a death cult. they worship pain. their symbol is a cross - a torture/execution device. it really is disgusting. love how they often hang a crucifix in the dining room. how are you supposed to eat with a jesus being tortured to death over your dinner plate? classy!

    "If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses."
    - Lenny Bruce

    August 31, 2013 at 1:34 pm |
  18. Fact of the Day

    Prayer neither helps nor harms so pray your asses off goof balls.

    August 31, 2013 at 1:31 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      Prayer changes things
      Proven

      August 31, 2013 at 1:33 pm |
      • Bootyfunk

        actions cause change, silly thief - prayer wastes valuable time.

        August 31, 2013 at 1:35 pm |
  19. Bootyfunk

    "look mom, i got a picture with the head child molester!"

    August 31, 2013 at 1:22 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      I took a self portrait !

      August 31, 2013 at 1:27 pm |
      • Bootyfunk

        oh noes, a christian posted under my name!

        looks like i have a crush...

        August 31, 2013 at 1:29 pm |
      • tallulah13

        Wow! Two of the Ten Commandments broken in one sentence: Thou shalt not steal and thou shalt not bear false witness. Do christians really think their god is so stupid that he won't notice?

        August 31, 2013 at 1:36 pm |
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