At St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, Pope Francis issued his inaugural blessing and asked the world to pray for him as he begins his new voyage.
Church pundits speculated on live broadcasts that the selection of Bergoglio — who was not on the short list of favorites — suggest a willingness to embrace change and progress (as opposed to the selection of someone from Opus Dei, for example.)
Bergoglio was warm and grandfatherly during his remarks. He is 76 years old.
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