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Pope Francis's Speech in English

Pope Francis' first address from NEWS.VA:

Brothers and sisters good evening. 

You all know that the duty of the Conclave was to give a bishop to Rome. It seems that my brother Cardinals have come almost to the ends of the earth to get him… but here we are. I thank you for the welcome that has come from the diocesan community of Rome.

First of all I would say a prayer pray for our Bishop Emeritus Benedict XVI.. Let us all pray together for him, that the Lord bless him and Our Lady protect him.

Our Father…

Hail Mary…

Glory to the Father…

And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood . My hope is that this journey of the Church that we begin today, together with help of my Cardinal Vicar, be fruitful for the evangelization of this beautiful city.

And now I would like to give the blessing, but first I want to ask you a favour. Before the bishop blesses the people I ask that you would pray to the Lord to bless me – the prayer of the people for their Bishop. Let us say this prayer – your prayer for me – in silence. 

[The Protodeacon announced that all those who received the blessing, either in person or by radio, television or by the new means of communication receive the plenary indulgence in the form established by the Church. He prayed that Almighty God protect and guard the Pope so that he may lead the Church for many years to come, and that he would grant peace to the Church throughout the world.]

[Immediately afterwards Pope Francis gave his first blessing Urbi et Orbi – To the City and to the World.]

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will.

Brothers and sisters, I am leaving you. Thank you for your welcome. Pray for me and I will be with you again soon.

We will see one another soon. 

Tomorrow I want to go to pray the Madonna, that she may protect Rome.

Good night and sleep well!



  1. Thank you for posting this!! He is so full of love!

  2. Thank you for this. I really appreciate it. I love him already too! Viva il Papa!

  3. For St. Francis a call he heard from the crucifix at San Damiano church, ”Francis, rebuild my church” was a distinct one. For some time, Francis went about Umbria rebuilding dilapidated and ruined churches, taking the call with his customary literalness. In time, he came to understand the call in a deeper way as a mission to recall the church to the gospel. From

    It was said after Vatican II that “a new breeze of the Holy Spirit had blown through our Church”. Now let each of us pray daily that this intellectual, humble Jesuit can rebuild our Church, to better “prepare the Church for the passage from the second millennium to the third millennium after the birth of Christ” [John Paul II's words in his 1-12-1992 speech to the presidents of the European Episcopal Conferences from Teachings of John Paul II, vol. XV, 2, 1992, p. 790]