Thursday, March 13, 2014

Five minutes. That's all it took to make papal history

Never has a leader of the Roman Catholic Church become as popular in as short a time as Pope Francis did when he humbly asked the crowd gathered in St Peter's Square on March 13 last year to pray for him.

A year on, Francis, known for his gentle smile and infectious energy, has won over hearts worldwide. Admirers from Manila to Mexico fondly remember his first appearance on the balcony in the Vatican when he began with the simple greeting, "Good evening."

Pope Francis day of his election 13 March 2013 on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican (AFP, Vincenzo Pinto)

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