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Pope Francis: 'We connect with him'

13 March 2014 Last updated at 14:00 GMT

Pope Francis is celebrating his first year in office.

The Argentinean-born pontiff is currently on a week-long spiritual retreat with cardinals and bishops in the Alban Hills near Rome.

Italian opinion polls give Pope Francis the highest popularity rating of any recent pontiff.

Gavin Hewitt reports.