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Pope marks anniversary: "Please pray for me."

Pope marks anniversary with simple tweet: "Please pray for me."

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Vatican Pope's First Year

FILE -- In this file photo taken in the St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, on Feb. 22, 2014, Pope Francis salutes Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, left, ...

Vatican Pope's First Year

FILE -- In this Dec. 23, 2013 picture provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, left, welcomes Pope Francis ...

Vatican Pope's First Year

FILE -- In this file photo taken on the Copacabana beachfront in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 25, 2013, Pope Francis greets from his popemobile as ...

Vatican Pope's First Year

FILE -- In this file photo taken on July 27, 2013, pilgrims and residents gather on Copacabana beach before the arrival of Pope Francis for World Yout...

Vatican Pope's First Year

FILE -- In this Dec. 21, 2103 file photo, Pope Francis addresses the Vatican Curia, in the Clementine hall, at the Vatican. From his gestures to his s...

Vatican Pope's First Year

FILE -- In this file photo taken on March 13, 2013, Pope Francis waves to the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, t...

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis has marked his one-year anniversary with a simple tweet: "Please pray for me."

Francis' appeal Thursday echoed his gesture on that rainy night one year ago when he came out onto the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica and introduced himself to the world. Rather than impart a blessing on the crowd below him, Francis asked first for a "favor" from the crowd, bowing his head and asking for the crowd to bless him.

Francis has continued to ask for prayers, ending nearly each appearance with a similar request.

Francis was spending his anniversary tucked away on retreat south of Rome with senior Vatican cardinals and monsignors. The Vatican said nothing special was planned for his anniversary during the retreat, just prayer.


Updated : 2021-07-29 21:19 GMT+08:00