Pope Francis’ First Words to the World

(Here are the Holy Father’s first words to the world. The original is in Italian. This is my translation.)

Brothers and sisters, good evening!

You know that the Conclave must give a bishop to Rome. It seems my brother cardinals went almost to the end of the world to get him…. but here we are… I thank you for the reception. The diocesan community of Rome has its Bishop; thank you! First of all, I would pray for our Bishop-emeritus, Benedict XVI. We pray together for him, that the Lord bless him and the Madonna keep him.

(He prayed the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be with the people.)

Now, we begin this journey: bishop and people. This journey of the Church of Rome that presides in charity for all the Churches. A journey of brotherhood, of love, of fidelity among us. We pray always for us… one for the other. We pray for the entire world, so there may be a great brotherhood. It is my hope that this journey of the Church that we begin today in which my Cardinal Vicar will help me, here present, may be fruiful for the evangelization of this very beautiful city.

An now I would like to give my Blessing, but first, first I ask you a favor. Before the bishop blesses the people, I ask that you pray to the Lord so that he may bless me, the prayer of the people, asking a blessing for their bishop. Let us do so in silence, this prayer of yours on me.


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


Brothers and sisters, I now leave you. Thank you for the reception. Pray form me and pray soon! We will see each other soon. Tomorrow I want to go and pray to the Madonna so that she may protect all of Rome. Good night and rest well!

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