19 March 2013 12:15 | By Ng Jie Ying
Pope Francis wins more hearts at first Angelus prayer

The world's first Latin-American Pope delivered his first Angelus prayer on Sunday, urging the 150,000 pilgrims gathered at St Peter's Square to pray for him.



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Former Argentine cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio delivered his first Angelus prayer on Sunday, urging some 150,000 pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square to pray for him.

During the Angelus, the first Pope from Latin America stressed his Italian roots and explained his choice of name after St Francis of Assisi a way to “reinforce my spiritual tie with this land.”

He warned the cardinals that the Catholic Church will fall “like a sand castle” if there is a lack of solid spiritual foundation, and urge them to share their wisdom with the younger people.

Earlier Sunday, the Pope also took a leap of faith by plunging into the crowd to shake hands with well-wishers, many of whom had travelled all the way from Latin America to the Vatican City, as the Swiss Guards stood nervously by.

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