March 17, 2013
Pope Francis greets faithful from a side gate of the Vatican. Pope Francis began his first Sunday as pontiff by making an impromptu appearance before the public, startling passersby and prompting cheers. He then kept up his simple, spontaneous style by delivering a brief, off-the-cuff homily at the Vatican’s tiny parish church. Dressed in a white cassock, Francis waved to the crowd in the street outside St. Anna’s Gate and before entering the church, which serves the Vatican city-state’s hundreds of residents, he shook hands with the parishioners and kissed babies.
L’Osservatore Romano via AP