The First Words of Pope Francis


Did you watch the the announcement of our new Holy Father today? Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires is the now Pope Francis I.

Pope Francis greeted the crowds with these words:

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 gone 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 like to say a prayer pray for our Bishop Emeritus Benedict XVI. Let us all pray together for him, that the Lord will bless him and that our Lady will protect him.
Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory to the Father…
And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and the 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 the help of my Cardinal Vicar, may 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 favor. 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 to the Madonna, that she may protect Rome.
Good night and sleep well!




  1. Timothy-693365 March 15, 2013 Reply

    It’s long past the time to get back to the basics here.

    Will you sit around waiting for someone to tell you to start behaving Catholic, or will you stand and the defend the “universal” Catholic Church?

    “Filling the Pews: Challenges for the New Pope”;

    • Carmel-622850 March 16, 2013 Reply

      It will happen, it will take time, prayers and standing firm. No more of this foolish political correctness. We are the church and all of us should commit to praying for Our Beloved Pope Francis.

  2. Jacqueline-198 March 15, 2013 Reply

    I work for a very large insurance company and when I got back in from lunch I found co workers gathered around computer monitors and in the conference room witnessing this awesome event, and the majority are not Catholics, but everyone got so caught up in the excitement and it did open up some great dialogue!

  3. Nigel-748943 March 15, 2013 Reply

    We must pray for our Holy Father, Pope Francis I, asking the Blessed Virgin Mary to bless the Pope with good health, happiness, peace, and prosperity.

    Pope Francis I has to carry the awesome burden of the Petrine Ministry. He needs our full support.

    Holy and sinless Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and Mother of the Church, pray to God for Pope Francis I. Give him good health, happiness, peace, and prosperity. Amen.

    Perth, Western Australia. AUSTRALIA.

    • Carmel-622850 March 16, 2013 Reply

      Well said. I lived in Perth for six months. I loved it.
      Had you noticed the peace and calm in spite of his heavy burden?
      He’s an amazing gift and God help and comfort him.

  4. Colleen-950846 March 15, 2013 Reply

    It was amazing to see. I just happened to have the tv on and saw it from start to finish! God is good!

  5. Maria-846262 March 15, 2013 Reply

    I watched the full rite of selecting our new Pope. I like him a lot and I am very excited to have a church leader like him on board and guiding us.

  6. Altagracia-699268 March 15, 2013 Reply

    …..God Bless You!!!..For our new Pope Francisco, and good luck/Dios bendiga a nuestro nuevo Papa…Y que bueno, un Latno…Felicidades y que Dios Todopodero ilumine su largo recorrer e ilumine para que logre hacer un buen trabajo con mucho dignidad, honestidad y que de verdad, verdad, logre restablecer la fe y creencia en nuestra religion y la iglesia catolica….Blessings!!!…

  7. Araceli-887992 March 15, 2013 Reply

    im so excited for what is to come!!! Bless Pope Fances

  8. Raquel-881452 March 15, 2013 Reply

    The Holly Father choose Francesco, without any number… and Italo/ Argentinean. GOD bless Him, GOD bless us…

  9. Melissa-394794 March 14, 2013 Reply

    Welcome Papa !!

  10. Fallas-559221 March 14, 2013 Reply

    What happened the day before the election of Pope Francis could be interpreted as a prophetic announcement. At 10 am, St. Peter´s Square was not crowded. Gradually those who stayed there realized the presence of a very particular Franciscan Friar kneeling in an attitude of prayer. Barefoot, with an old habit, resting on a log and turned to prayer. There were many eyes on him and his apparent immobility, until a cloud settled over the Vatican and the rain began to hail. He remained there while everyone was running to clear up under columns and others sought only to take a picture. Suddenly a woman stood beside him to cover him with an umbrella, and a gentleman decided to kneel beside him and pray.

    So the three remained for most of the mass. They were surrounded by curious people who did not understand what they were seeing. The Franciscan friar, identified only as Massimo, broke the silence to give his companion the greeting of peace, first in Italian and then in English. Later on, The Franciscan friar called to pray for the new Pope. Only what we know is he came from Assisi. He said: “If we kneel before God, He gives us everything. It is important to be united to ask Jesus to have mercy in these times”, he said at the end of his period of prayer.

  11. Delphine N. March 14, 2013 Reply

    I could feel the presence of the Holy Spirit in his beautiful and serene countenance “I ask that you would pray to the Lord to bless me” This sentence brought tears of joy and the invitation to “begin this journey” (spiritual) with him and the church(Catholic and all Christians) speaks a lot. God Bless Pope Francis God bless us. Amen!

  12. Sarah-804631 March 14, 2013 Reply

    Truly an exciting moment!!!!

  13. Sarah-804631 March 14, 2013 Reply

    FYI it is Pope Francis not Pope Francis 1.

  14. Damien-722411 March 14, 2013 Reply

    I Pray & have Faith that Our New Pope Francis can weed out the disobedient the liberals and the homosexual mafia ect that is choking the life out of the church well in this world anyway the church needs REFORM major REFORM back to tradition what is old must become new Vatican II must be lived out the way it was meant to be not what we got now

  15. Angeline-813577 March 14, 2013 Reply

    Congrats to the new Papa. I wonder why he chose the Francis as the patron saint….

  16. Clay-864015 March 14, 2013 Reply

    500 years later and a jesuit was finally elected, the thought of what the conspiracy theorists will say amuses me.

  17. Neri-950248 March 14, 2013 Reply

    I thank the Lord for giving us a new Pope. I pray for his holiness and wellness. May we see God through him as well 🙂

  18. Richard-942911 March 14, 2013 Reply

    great! we hope for the best with our newly elected pope may GOD see him through!

  19. Ronaldo-698562 March 14, 2013 Reply

    I was talking with a friend. In a time when the only thing that seems to go viral worldwide is bad news, death, violence, or scandal it is so awesome to see such a Historical moment collectively with all of you Catholic Brothers and Sisters. It’s great to see an international, viral story be something so positive and hopeful! Bless all of you and this day that we will never forget. I still remeber where I was when I got the news of the white smoke! do you?

  20. Hector-898563 March 14, 2013 Reply

    I will pray/ask our lord Jesus to guide our new beloved POPE to lead us even more in our faith —–South America can not be more proud than it is now of our NEW POPE!!Thank you to all the Cardinals who had the wisdom and faith is selecting our new POPE—-Im so proud and happy for them!!GOD BLESS ALL!!

  21. Andre-713286 March 14, 2013 Reply

    does anyone have links that compare the first words of JP2, B16 and F1? thanks

  22. AnaLucia-882670 March 14, 2013 Reply

    Dios ha puesto sus ojos misricordiosos y amorosos sobre nuestra hermosa Latinoamerica.
    La gloria sea para Dios.
    Toda la Santa Iglesia de Cristo acompañaremos en oracion a nuestro nuevo Sumo Pontifice ¨FRANCISCO¨.
    La oracion mueve la mano del que todo lo puede.

  23. Carmel-622850 March 14, 2013 Reply

    I feel overflowing with joy of this blessed day. My first glimpse of Our Beloved Pope Francis brought tears of joy to me. For sure, I knew and recognized the presence of the Holy Spirit in his beautiful and serene countenance. God love and protect you as you lead our church.

  24. John-950121 March 14, 2013 Reply

    Very thankful for the blessings from His Holiness and as a follower I will pray for him as well. Thank you for the blessing and you have the faith of the Church on your side Holy Father.

  25. Sherrill-anne-13557 March 14, 2013 Reply

    So glad to see our new Pope Francis 1.
    Pray that he will continue to guide the flock according to God’s Holy will.May Mary protect him with her mantle.Amen

  26. Barbara-584798 March 14, 2013 Reply

    I watched the announcement live while at work with mostly non-Catholics. I hope I imparted my enthusiasm over this event for our church history to them adequately. I like what I have seen, & heard from and of him thus far. I believe The Holy Spirit and each of the St Francis’s provided much wisdom to the cardinals in their selection. God Bless Pope Francis and all our Church(Catholic and all Christians) and all faiths. Barbara

  27. Maria-943288 March 14, 2013 Reply

    I have a lot of emotion, Francis I
    pray for the Holy Father

  28. Pat-5351 March 13, 2013 Reply

    I hope that Pope Francis will be a wonderful shepherd to us.

    Everyone, take advantage of this plenary indulgence!

    “To acquire a plenary indulgence,” says the Enchiridion, “it is necessary to perform the work to which the indulgence is attached and to fulfill the following three conditions: sacramental confession, Eucharistic Communion, and prayer for the intention of the Sovereign Pontiff. It is further required that all attachment to sin, even venial sin, be absent.”

    What a favor bestowed upon us from the treasury of graces of the Church!

  29. Jim-141704 March 13, 2013 Reply

    I think they picked the perfect candidate for the new pope God Bless Francis 1

  30. Dave-868059 March 13, 2013 Reply

    Truly remarkable! First Pope from the Americas, first Jesuit elected Pope… May The Lord bless and keep him and may Our Lady spread her mantle over him so that Pope Francisco I may walk in achievement of Christ’s perfect will for us all. Let’s keep him in our prayers as He shall certainly need them!

    Michael, a plenary indulgence [‘plenary’ as in ‘all’ or ‘full]’ erases all the temporal punishment for sin, in other words our purgatory, if we died at that instant just after receiving it, would be wiped away by Christ’s grace. We would spend no time there and move onto Heaven, our eternal home. The Church is fully empowered to grant such under the right preparation of the faithful. Either way our purgatory is made all-the-shorter.

  31. Candace-587406 March 13, 2013 Reply

    I saw it, and I won’t forget this day. This will be a part of history, especially in light of Pope Benedict’s decision to step down.

  32. Michael-410923 March 13, 2013 Reply

    what exactly is a plenary indulgence? seems like a virtual bestowing of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

    • Joan-749159 March 14, 2013 Reply

      Dear Michael,

      Do read this website you will find good explanation of what plenary indulgence is.


    • Chelsea-743484 March 15, 2013 Reply

      It’s simply an extra-sacramental way (meaning outside of the sacraments) for the Pope to exercise the power given St. Peter to bind and loose on earth and in heaven. When one correctly takes advantage of a plenary indulgence it removes all debt of temporal punishment due to sins. This means that if one dies after receiving the plenary indulgence, he will go straight to heaven after his judgment. However, not everyone who attempts the labour gains the fruit; it’s very hard to fit the bill of not being attached to any venial sins, which is a requirement to gain the plenary indulgence. The other requirements are that one must have had recourse to the Sacrament of Penance within the last seven days of the performance of the specific act indulgenced, have received the Holy Eucharist on the day of the indulgenced act, and have prayed the prayers for the intentions of the Holy Father.

      • Chelsea-743484 March 15, 2013 Reply

        I should mention that a plenary indulgence doesn’t mean a person is set for life. Obviously if he commits a venial sin after receiving it he will have to suffer temporal punishment in the fires of Purgatory, and if he commits a mortal sin after receiving it, he will suffer everlasting punishment in the fires of hell if he dies in that state.

    • Bryan M. March 16, 2013 Reply

      It is not a virtual Confession. Even though they did not say this, they should have. Indulgences do not take away your sins. Sin has a double effect – like thowing a baseball through someone’s window. You can say your sorry and be forgiven, but the window is still broken. To make things right, you need to fix the window. Usually suffering joyfully or doing Charity or good works (spiritual or otherwise) helps pay back that window faster. This is what indulgences do. A partial indulgence helps fix part of the window where a plenary fixes the whole thing. However, to receive a plenary indulgence is difficult and ‘always’ has conditions that need to be met (which I hope the above link mentions.) Going to Confession is one of those conditions. Confessions forgives your sins and takes away the eternal punishment, indulgences help to take away the temporal punishment. Receiving communion, praying for the intentions of the pope, and being detached from sin are other conditions for a plenary indulgence. Hope that helps a little. Here are some fantastic links that explain it and clear up the many misconceptions.

    • Richard-838478 April 5, 2013 Reply

      I, too, ask, “What, exactly .is a plenary indulgence? How does one receive one? How is one administered? Under what conditions?

  33. Bahar-937890 March 13, 2013 Reply

    I watched it online live from Vatican City Chanel. Last 2 days I was watching this Chanel,waiting for our new Holy Father ,Love you Pope Francis I , Vive le Pope

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