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VATICAN CITY - Humility is inarguably the defining feature of the first 10 days of the new papacy: We have seen it in the words, gestures and symbols of Pope Francis.

But on Friday, we may have the image that captures it best. La Stampa notes that the Argentine pontiff celebrated mass for the gardeners and cleaners who take care of St. Peter’s. At a certain moment, Francis left the altar for a personal prayer in the back pew of the Santa Marta chapel, which is when Vatican correspondent Francesco Grana snapped the photo.

That folks, is one humble pontiff...

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

— Francesco Grana (@FrancescoGrana) March 22, 2013

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Gun Violence In America: Don't Blame The Victims — That Means Rappers Too

The recent shooting of Takeoff, a rapper, is another sad incident of gun crime in the U.S. But those blaming hip hop culture for contributing to gun violence ignore that rappers themselves are also victims. And the real point is that in today's America, nobody is safe from gun violence.

Gun Violence In America: Don't Blame The Victims — That Means Rappers Too

Fans wait outside State Farm Arena in Atlanta to attend the memorial service for Migos rapper Takeoff on Nov. 11

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Add the name of Takeoff, a member of the popular rap trio Migos, to the ever-growing list of rappers, recent and past, tragically and violently killed.

The initial reaction to the shooting to death of Takeoff, born Kirsnick Ball, on Nov. 1, was to blame rap music and hip hop culture. People who engaged in this kind of scapegoating argue that the violence and despairing hopelessness in the music are the cause of so many rappers dying.

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