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Pope Francis gestures as he leads the Angelus prayer from the window of the Apostolic Palace in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican during his regular Sunday service

Pope Francis gestures as he leads the Angelus prayer from the window of the Apostolic Palace in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican during his regular Sunday service

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Pope Francis gestures as he leads the Angelus prayer from the window of the Apostolic Palace in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican during his regular Sunday service

Pope Francis was mobbed by a group of overexcited nuns who were let out of their convents for his visit to Naples.

The nuns had to be reined in by the Archbishop of Naples after they swarmed towards the Pontiff, to his evident bemusement.

Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe could be heard urging restraint and making light-hearted commentary.

"Sisters... Later... Well, would you look at that," he said. "And these are the cloistered ones. Just imagine the non-cloistered ones," he said, provoking laughter among the crowd gathered in the cathedral.

"They are going to eat him!"

Cloistered nuns observe rules of "papal enclosure" and rarely leave their nunneries, receiving visitors through a grill.

The Pope was holding an event in Naples cathedral to meet priests, religious leaders and seminarians on his one-day visit to the city.

(© Daily Telegraph, London)

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