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VATICAN CITY - Hardly a day passes that we’re not witness to a new example of how truly humble a man the new Pope is. He paid his own hotel bill just hours after being chosen pontiff; he opts for the simple white cassock and his trusty black shoes instead of elaborate capes and robes; he wants a "poor church to serve the poor."

We even saw this genuine image posted on twitter by a reporter during a mass that Pope Francis held last week for the workers who maintain the Vatican facilities.

L'umiltà di Papa Francesco twitter.com/FrancescoGrana…

— Francesco Grana (@FrancescoGrana) March 22, 2013

On Thursday, Francis was taking the traditional Holy Week priestly footwashing ceremony to new heights of humility by washing feet of detainees at a youth prison. But just when you think you've heard or seen it all, we've dug up some other hidden humble images that you might have missed...?

At his first General Audience on Wednesday, for example, the traditional ride around St. Peter’s Square was going just fine until a member of the security detail got a bit winded from walking alongside the popemobile. There was only one thing to do...

The huge crowds left the piazza in quite a mess. That cleanliness/godliness thing doesn't happen by itself.

Back in Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio traveled by metro and cooked his own meals, choosing to live in a small flat instead of the Archbishop’s palace. He has told Rome officials he is fine with similarly ordinary living quarters inside the Vatican.

And the vestments?

¡Oye! Pool party at the papal summer palace! Did you know Argentina is famous for its BBQ steak? One thing Francis won't be sharing is his muy picante chimichurri recipe!

Francis is a die-hard supporter of the perennial also-rans of San Lorenzo de Almagro in the Argentine soccer league. That ain't holy water, kid, it's a higherpowerade...

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Taliban And Iran: The Impossible Alliance May Already Be Crumbling

After the Sunni fundamentalist Taliban rulers retook control of Afghanistan, there were initial, friendly signals exchanged with Iran's Shia regime. But a recent border skirmish recalls tensions from the 1990s, when Iran massed troops on the Afghan frontier.

Taliban troops during a military operation in Kandahar

The clashes reported this week from the border between Iran and Afghanistan were perhaps inevitable.

There are so far scant details on what triggered the flare up on Wednesday between Iranian border forces and Taliban fighters, near the district of Hirmand in Iran's Sistan-Baluchestan province. Still, footage posted on social media indicated the exchange of fire was fairly intense, with troops on both sides using both light and heavy weaponry.

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