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The Pope appeared amused when a young boy wandered onto stage and refused to leave his side as he addressed thousands of pilgrims.
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Pope Francis has revealed that he worked as a nightclub bouncer in Buenos Aires when he was a student.
The 76-year-old Argentine pontiff also spoke of his experiences of working in a laboratory and sweeping floors during a visit to a church in Rome.
The revelation that the Pope worked as a bouncer comes after a book looking at his personal life was published.
Francis: Life and Revolution claimed that the pontiff makes a "fantastic paella", used to tango dance as a teenager in the hope of meeting girls and starts his day with a cup of "maté" - a caffeine-rich South American drink.
A new book has revealed the personal side of Pope Francis claiming he makes a "fantastic paella" and used to go tango dancing as a teenager in the hope of meeting girls.
The pontiff starts his day at 4.15am with a cup of "maté" - a traditional South American caffeine-rich beverage - and enjoys cooking, with him previously preparing meals for himself when he was an archbishop, the book claims.
Francis: Life and Revolution, which is due to be published next week, is written by Argentine journalist Elisabetta Piqué who interviewed friends and relatives of the Pope for the biography.
The nephew and godson of the South American pontiff also revealed to the journalist how he would dip their dummies into whisky or wine in a bid to stop them crying.
Priest Angel Rossi said Pope Francis "always cooked fantastic paella" and the book reveals that the pontiff has taught the Vatican chefs how to make his favourite desert the "dulce de leche" - a sweet milk pudding.
Pope Francis has led prayers for the people of the Philippines after Typhoon Hayain claimed the lives of thousands of people and left hundreds of thousands homeless.
"I wish to express my closeness to the people of the Philippines and of that region. Unfortunately there are many victims and the damage is enormous.
"We pray now in silence ... for our brothers and sisters, and we will seek to also send concrete help," Francis told thousands of pilgrims from a third-floor window of the Papal Palace.
One of the most powerful storms ever recorded reportedly killed at least 10,000 people in the central Philippines a senior police official said on Sunday.
Oxfam said their aid teams were greeted by scenes of "utter devastation" in one of the worst-hit provinces in the country.
Colourful balloons and soap bubbles have filled St. Peter's Square as Pope Francis preached to a notably younger audience at the Vatican.
Pope Francis has warned that the Church's moral structure could "fall like a house of cards" unless it changed.
The Pope - who was elected as the 266th Pontiff in March - said the Church had become engulfed in "small-minded rules", insisting the church needed to find a new balance to "heal wounds" of its faithful.
"We have to find a new balance; otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel," he said in his first major interview of his papacy.
Pope Francis has said the Catholic Church is too focused on preaching about abortion, gay people and contraception, in the first major interview of his papacy.
Speaking to Jesuit magazine, Pope Francis said: "We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible.
"The teaching of the Church, for that matter, is clear and I am a son of the Church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.''
In July, the Pope told reporters he would not judge priests for their sexual orientation in a move away from the views traditionally held by the Roman Catholic Church.