This handout picture released on February 15, 2018 by the Vatican press office shows Pope Francis (C) meeting with the Roman curia at the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran in Rome on February 15, 2018. "AFP PHOTO / OSSERVATORE ROMANO"
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