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Pope reveals he took cross from confessor's casket

Pope says He took cross from casket

Pope Francis confessed Thursday he took the rosary cross of his late confessor from his casket and wears it in a fabric pouch under his cassock. He said he took it telling the late priest, "Give me half your mercy." The revelation came Thursday during Francis' chat with Roman priests about the need to be merciful. He told of the "great confessor" of Buenos Aires who had heard confessions from most of the diocesan priests as well as from Pope John Paul II when he visited. When the priest died, Francis went to pray by his open casket and was stunned to see no flowers. So he bought roses, and while arranging them around the casket, he saw the rosary in the priest's hand. "And immediately there came to mind the thief we all have inside ourselves and while I arranged the flowers I took the cross," he said.

Interactive photo taken atop WTC

An interactive photo taken from the spire of the nearly completed World Trade Center tower offers stunning 360-degree views of New York City that can be zoomed in and out. Time magazine posted the image on its website Thursday. Users can pan across the photo and zoom in tight on the cityscape, including landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty.

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