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Pope Francis welcomes Scandinavian bishops for ad limina visit

Pope Francis welcomed the Scandinavian bishops for their ad limina visit. The group included bishops from Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway. 

The Holy Father discussed their mission in the region with them, and they updated him on the work being carried out in their respective countries. 

The bishops presented the pope with this gilded carving of Jesus on the cross.

Pope Francis then blessed a tray of special items from the region before writing the bishops a heartfelt message on a group portrait. 

Sweden has the largest Catholic population in Scandinavia, with nearly 150,000 faithful.