Pope Francis, who was named Time magazine’s 2013 Person of the Year, rewrote the rules in his first year at the Vatican. Here are a few of his symbolic moves and statements.
He met the faithful Pope Francis began his first Sunday as pontiff on March 17, 2013, by making an impromptu appearance to the public from a side gate of the Vatican, startling passersby and prompting cheers, then delivered a brief, off-the-cuff homily at the Vatican’s tiny parish church. Dressed only in white cassock, Francis waved to the crowd in the street outside St. Anna’s Gate; before entering the church, which serves Vatican City’s residents, he shook hands with parishioners and kissed babies. L’Osservatore Romano via AP Buy Photo