The priest and people of Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Benedict, Maryland, welcome our new Holy Father, Pope Francis, and assure him of our love and prayers.
Pope Francis' words from the loggia of Saint Peter's in Roma today after being presented to the people of Rome and to the world:
"You know that the duty of the conclave was to provide Rome with a bishop. It looks as if my brothers the cardinals went to fetch him from the end of the world! I’d like to thank you for your welcome. The people of Rome: thank you!
"I’d like to pray for Benedict XVI. Let’s pray altogether for him so that the Madonna can look after him.
[Then Pope Francis said the Lord's Prayer, the Hail Mary and the Gloria.]
"And now let’s start working together, walking together, in the Church of Rome. This is the path of brotherhood and trust. Let’s pray for each other because of the great brotherhood of the world. I pray the path will be fruitful for this beautiful city. Now I will bless you. But I’d like to ask you a favour, for your prayer to bless me as your bishop. Let’s pray silently, your prayer for me.
[The stole was put around his shoulders.]
"I am going to bless you all and the entire world – all the men and women of good will…
[Pope Francis gave his urbi et orbi blessing, to huge cheers.]
"I’m going to leave you now. Good night, and I wish you peace."
Benevenuto, Santo Padre! Viva il Papa!
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