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Bikers flock to St Peter's Square for Pope's blessing

16 June 2013 Last updated at 18:46 BST

St Peter's Square in Rome has resounded to the roar of thousands of motorcycles as bikers from around the world joined Roman Catholic pilgrims for Mass and a blessing by Pope Francis.

Leather-clad riders sat alongside nuns and other members of the large congregation during the mass.

One biker from London described the papal blessing as "beautiful" while another from Munich said bikes were his "religion".

Sara Barman reports.