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Nuns mob pope seeking to get photos with him

Wednesday - 7/24/2013, 11:36pm  ET

Nuns wait for the arrival of Pope Francis at the entrance of St. Francis of Assisi of the Providence of God Hospital, where the Franciscans look after alcohol and drug addicts, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Anyone doubting the star power of Pope Francis, take note: He makes even grown nuns go wild.

About 40 nuns lost their composure when they greeted Francis after he celebrated a Mass in the Brazilian town of Aparecida on Wednesday.

The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, says it was one "one of the most remarkable things" of Francis' first full day on his inaugural international trip.

Lombardi, laughing while recounting the scene, says one nun rushed Francis in a courtyard, embraced him and asked to take a photo with the pontiff.

That blew the lid off and the rest of the nuns ran up to Francis to get their pictures taken, too.

The pope is in Brazil through Sunday for the church's World Youth Day festival.

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