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Pope Francis: I'm Like A Pharmacist

Prescribing prayer, that is.

Posted on November 17, 2013, at 3:29 p.m. ET

Pope Francis joked on Sunday he is "like a pharmacist," as visitors were given what could only be described as Catholic party favors: boxes that look like they contained pills but actually held a rosary.

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The pope, who has garnered a down-to-earth reputation, called the rosary prayer "spiritual medicine" and said it's "good for the heart."

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Volunteers distributed thousands of the boxes, which depict a human heart, at St. Peter's Square in Rome.

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Nuns helped to distribute the pill boxes at the end of his appearance.

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The square was packed with about 80,000 tourists and Romans on Sunday.

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