March 13, 2013. (Romereports.com)
Just moments after being elected, the new Pope of the Catholic Church,
Francis I, gave his first Papal 'Urbi et Orbi' blessing as he stood on
the balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square.
Francis I said that
during the conclave the papal electors wanted someone from farther away
but with the qualities of Benedict XVI. Before imparting his blessing,
the new Pope asked the people to pray for him and his task ahead.
The new leader of the Catholic Church also said a few words to the thousands of people who came out to greet him. Giving a short improvised speech, was actually a tradition that John Paul I began when he was elected.