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Buenos Aires launches tours for dedicated fans of the first Argentine pope

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In this May 11, 2013 photo, newspaper vendor Nicolas Schandor smiles from his kiosk where he also sells calendars featuring Pope Francis in Buenos Aires, Argentina. With an Argentine on the throne of St. Peter, the South American country's capital city has launched a series of guided tours, that include Schandor's news stand, where the former archbishop used to buy the newspaper on the weekends. The three-hour weekend bus trips are a modest, and so far non-commercial first step at papal tourism. The tour bus winds through Buenos Aires twice each Saturday and Sunday and can carry about 40 passengers, cruising past 24 sites linked to the new pope. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko) (The Associated Press)

With an Argentine on the throne of St. Peter, the South American country's capital city is offering visitors a glimpse of the places that formed Pope Francis.

A guided bus tour winds through Buenos Aires twice each Saturday and Sunday past 24 sites linked to the new pope. It stops only twice and leaves little opportunity for snapshots. There's no charge for the trip, or for shorter walking tours offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Stops include the little plaza where he played soccer as a boy, and the narrow, neo-classical San Jose de Flores church where he worshipped as a teenager and felt called to devote his life to God. Visitors can even see the barbershop he used and the stand where he bought his newspapers.