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European Church leaders hand Pope Francis collection of children artwork and messages

Delegates form the Council of European Bishops Conferences gave Pope Francis a book with artwork and messages from young European children directed to the Pope. In the moments after Wednesdays general audience,Pope Francis greeted and blessed the delegation, including an 11-year-old Moldovan orphan who gave the Pope a small, wooden cross he made at his orphanage.   

The collection of artwork and messages came from children between five and 11 years old, who live on the outskirts of major European cities.The Council created the project as a tribute to Pope Francis' remarks to "go out to the peripheries,â? or outskirts, to proclaim the Gospel. 

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