Published On: Sun, Mar 17th, 2013

Thousands greet Pope for first Angelus prayer

Newly elected Pope Francis greets crowds before his Angelus prayer in the VaticanPope Francis has appeared before some 150,000 pilgrims massed in St Peter’s Square for his first Angelus prayer and asked the faithful to pray for him.

“Thank you for your welcome, and for your prayers,” the first pope from Latin America said on Sunday from a window of the papal apartment high above the square. “Pray for me,” he added.

Dozens of flags from Francis’ native Argentina were waving in the square, along with the Vatican’s yellow and white standard, as the former cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio recited the traditional Sunday Angelus prayer, the first of his papacy.

Flags from other Latin American nations including Colombia, Peru, Paraguay and Mexico, could also be seen in the crowd.

One banner read: “Francis, you are the springtime of the church”, reflecting hope that the choice of a humble outsider has inspired in many Catholics weary of Vatican scandal and dysfunction.

Gabriel Solis, 33, and Argentine pilgrim, spoke of his “indescribable emotion”.

“He will bring much peace because he seems more humble, more stontaneous,” he said. “He seems closer to the people. We didn’t feel that with the pope we had before.”

Earlier on Sunday, the pope grabbed an opportunity to shake hands with well-wishers, plunging into crowds pushing against barricades outside a Vatican gate as security men and Swiss Guards stood nervously by.

Chanting “Viva il papa” and calling his name, the well-wishers jostled to meet the new pontiff, who has projected a common touch by breaking with many formal traditions since his surprise election to lead the world’s 1.2bn Catholics on Wednesday.

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Source: Aljazeera

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