Agence France-PresseMarch 17, 2013 12:15
Pope Francis on Sunday underscored his man-of-the-people approach with his first Angelus prayer as pontiff, taking a folksy tone in front of 150,000 enthusiastic pilgrims in St Peter's Square.
"Brothers and sisters, hello," said the Argentine pope, using the same formula as when he greeted the faithful for the first time after his surprise election on Wednesday.
"Thank you for your welcome, and for your prayers," the first pope from Latin America said from a window of the papal apartment high above the square. "Pray for me," he urged.