This photo by Michelangelo of the Creation of Men by Moses is among the works on the wall of a room on the grounds of the Vatican in Rome, where the Vatican museum was founded in 1525.
A few years later, in 1528, Pope Clement VIII granted the title of “Pope of the Church” to the young Pope Francis, a title that has since been bestowed upon the pope by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
“It is a great privilege for me to see the magnificent works of Michelangelo,” Francis said during his first public appearance in the Vatican grounds.
“I was born in Rome.
I have been born in a city where the greatest of artists lived.”
Francis’s arrival in Rome has prompted comparisons to that of Pope John Paul II, who came to the Vatican for the first time in 1982.
The pope also was greeted by crowds, as well as the usual crowd of people.
He also received the customary reception from the Pope and his immediate family.
But Francis’s visit to the grounds was different.
It was his first visit to Vatican grounds since his coronation, in March 2016, when he attended the papal conclave.
At the time, Francis and his wife, Sophie, had just returned from a three-day vacation in Italy, where he had spent his first full year as pope.
In his first two weeks in Rome after his coronations, Francis visited the Vatican’s Colosseum, which was renamed “the Palace of the Blessed Virgin Mary.”
That, coupled with his announcement in March that he was going to begin a full-time papacy, made his first trip to the historic site a prime opportunity to explore the grounds and see for himself what he called “the cathedral of the saints.”
Francises office, located in the main Vatican building, was the only one of the pope’s many papal residences that remained untouched by renovations.
The church, the Vatican headquarters and the basilica in St. Peter’s Basilica all underwent extensive restoration work and re-opening in October 2017.
During his trip to Rome, Francis also spent some time at the Vatican gardens and museums.
He had been invited to visit them and spent time with visitors and experts in the fields of art history, history and archaeology.
Francis was also given a tour of the Museo Nazionale di Vicenza, which has housed the Vatican archives since 1815.
He also visited the famous St. Mark’s Basilicano, where St. John Paul the Apostle is said to have received the first four letters of the New Testament.
“The Vatican is the home of history and culture, where our faith and our love are rooted,” Francis told reporters.
“It is the heart of the Catholic faith and it is a place where I will go again to celebrate Mass and to celebrate the Gospel.”
The pope’s visit comes as Pope Francis has become a political and social icon, particularly among some Catholics in Europe.
He has been accused of being too close to Russia, of politicizing the Vatican, and of being soft on Russia.
Last week, a group of American journalists wrote to the pontiff, asking him to reconsider his views on Russia, saying he is “deeply committed to the ideals of human rights, freedom of expression and peace.”
The U.S. is not a party to the conflict in Ukraine.
It also has no diplomatic relations with the country.
In response to the journalists’ letter, Francis called the criticism “ridiculous.”
“There are other countries, such as Russia, that do not have the same aspirations for the world,” Francis was quoted as saying.
“The world does not know that.”
The pontiff also addressed his trip as a visit to his home country.
He said that he and his family had planned to stay in Rome for at least two months, and that he hoped to spend at least a month there.
“I want to be able to see my family and friends again,” he said.
“My wife and I will be able go back to our country and we will continue to see our family and see our friends.”
A Vatican source told the Associated Press that Francis is due to arrive in the city on Saturday.
There is no timetable for the pope to leave Rome, but it is likely that the pope will visit some of the most famous sights in Rome such as the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, where Francis is said as having been baptized.
According to a guidebook published by the Vatican to help visitors navigate the city, Francis is not supposed to visit any of the famous sites in the center of the city because of its “unbearable” pollution.
But on Saturday, he was given permission to visit some sites such as St. Matthew’s Basilicas, St. Luke’s Cathedral, and St. Anthony’s Basilicans, which are located on the outskirts of the capital and