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Pope tweets on anniversary: 'Please pray for me'

Published on Mar 13, 2014 6:31 PM
 
Argentina's Jorge Bergoglio, elected Pope Francis I waves from the window of St Peter's Basilica's balcony after being elected the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church on March 13, 2013 at the Vatican. Pope Francis on Thursday, March 13, 2014 marked the first anniversary of his election by tweeting the message "Please pray for me" to his 12 million followers. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

VATICAN CITY (AFP) - Pope Francis on Thursday marked the first anniversary of his election by tweeting the message "Please pray for me" to his 12 million followers.

The tweet from the @Pontifex account, which echoed the pontiff's appeal in his first Angelus prayer last year, was the only official acknowledgement from the Vatican of the anniversary, which Pope Francis was spending on a spiritual retreat south of Rome.