• AP10ThingsToSee - Pope Francis touches the cheek of a young girl as he prepares to depart the Apostolic Nunciature, the Vatican's diplomatic mission in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, en route to Andrews Air Force Base. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

    Vatican beefs up IOC contacts, but cautious on Rome bid

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is beefing up its contacts with the International Olympic Committee but isn’t taking sides in Rome’s bid for the 2024 Games, which organizers hope will include the marathon winding through St. Peter’s Square.