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A Pope called Francis

· From the election in the Sistine Chapel to the prayer in St Peter's Square ·

Pope Francis looked out from the Loggia of the Blessings of the Vatican Basilica just after 8:20 p.m. on Tuesday, 13 March and spoke to the crowd of the faithful in  St Peter's Square. The following are the Pope's words which were given in Italian.

Brothers and sisters, good evening!

You know that it was the duty of the Conclave to give Rome a Bishop.  It seems that my brother Cardinals have gone to the ends of the earth to get one... but here we are... I thank you for your welcome.  The diocesan community of Rome now has its Bishop.  Thank you!      And first of all, I would like to offer a prayer for our Bishop Emeritus, Benedict XVI.  Let us pray together for him, that the Lord may bless him and that Our Lady may keep him.

After reciting the “Our Father”, “Hail Mary” and the “Glory Be”, the Pope continued:

And now, we take up this journey:  Bishop and People.  This journey of the Church of Rome which presides in charity over all the Churches.  A journey of fraternity, of love, of trust among us.  Let us always pray for one another.  Let us pray for the whole world, that there may be a great spirit of fraternity.  It is my hope for you that this journey of the Church, which we start today, and in which my Cardinal Vicar, here present, will assist me, will be fruitful for the evangelization of this most beautiful city.

And now I would like to give the blessing, but first - first I ask a favour of you: before the Bishop blesses his people, I ask you to pray to the Lord that he will bless me: the prayer of the people asking the blessing for their Bishop.  Let us make, in silence, this prayer:  your prayer over me.

Then the Pontiff bowed his head in silence. Then said:

Now I will give the Blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will.

At the end of the Blessing, he concluded:

Brothers and sisters, I leave you now.  Thank you for your welcome.  Pray for me and until we meet again.  We will see each other soon.  Tomorrow I wish to go and pray to Our Lady, that she may watch over all of Rome.  Good night and sleep well!

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