'Pray for me,' Pope Francis urges hundreds of thousands at first Angelus
VATICAN CITY (AFP) - Pope Francis appeared before more than 100,000 people massed in St Peter's Square on Sunday for his first Angelus prayer and asked the faithful to pray for him.
"Thank you for your welcome, and for your prayers," the first pope from Latin America said from a window of the papal apartment high above the square.
"Pray for me," he added.
Dozens of flags from Francis' native Argentina were waving in the crowd as the former cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio recited the traditional Sunday Angelus prayer, the first of his papacy. Flags from other Latin American nations, including Colombia, Peru, Paraguay and Mexico, could also be seen in the crowd.