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Pope meets with distant family relatives

Pope Francis got to meet with some of his distant family members during his visit to Turin

He first celebrated Mass with the group which added to about 30 people. They came all the way from Portacomaro, just a few miles away from the city of Turin. In that very city, the Pope's paternal grandfather, Giovanni Bergoglio, was born back in 1907. There, he married his wife, Rosa Vassallo. One year later, the Pope's father-Mario, was born. On February 1st 1929, they moved to Argentina. 

After the Mass, the group took a family picture with the guest of honor, included. 

"Excuse me. I belong to this branch of the family.â? 

After all the pictures and greetings, the Pope had lunch with his distant relatives before heading back to Rome. 

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