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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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Iran Registers Record Number Of Child Brides

Numbers are rising of girls aged 14 and under getting married, as well as births from very young mothers.

A bridal shop in Tehran

Ahmad Halabisaz/Xinhua via ZUMA

Nearly 10,000 girls aged 10 to 14 years were married off in Iran in the first months of 2021, the highest recorded rate of child brides for a country already criticized for limiting the freedoms of women and girls.

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