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Pope soaked as heavens open over Vatican

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Pope Francis waves to faithful as he arrives for his general audience at the Vatican on May 29, 2013.

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The rain didn't stop Pope Francis on Wednesday. The 76-year-old pontiff, who lost part of a lung during his youth, got soaked as he braved a brief spring shower to kiss babies and greet the crowd at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Zooming around the piazza in his open-air popemobile, Francis had no cover as he made his way through a sea of brightly colored umbrellas, happily stopping to kiss babies handed up to him.

Raw video shows Pope Francis surfing a sea of umbrellas aboard an open popemobile, in St. Peter's Square, braving a spring deluge to greet faithful.

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Pope Francis holds his skull-cap as he leaves at the end of his audience, by which time the rain had ceased.