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Francis surprises faithful on his first Sunday as pope

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Pope Francis waves to the crowd at St. Peter's Square during his first Angelus prayer at the Vatican on March 17.

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Newly elected Pope Francis appears at the window of his future private apartment to bless the faithful gathered below in St. Peter's Square during the Sunday Angelus prayer at the Vatican.

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Crowds fill St. Peter's Square as live footage of Pope Francis is projected on a giant screen on March 17.

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Women rush into St. Peter's Square to see Pope Francis give his first Angelus blessing on March 17 in Vatican City.

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Pope Francis greets the crowds after conducting a mass in the Saint Anna Church inside the Vatican on March 17.

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Cardinals from around the world gathered in the Vatican to elect the next leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

Breaking with tradition, Pope Francis delivered off-the-cuff remarks instead of reading from a written speech during his first Sunday window appearance before a crowd of 150,000 in St. Peter’s Square.

Earlier in the day, he made an impromptu appearance to the public from a side gate of the Vatican, startling passersby and prompting cheers. Continue reading AP article.

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