Pope wades into crowd before 1st window appearance

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Posted on March 17, 2013 at 10:34 AM

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis's straightforward, spontaneous style is quickly becoming the hallmark of his papacy.

On his first Sunday as pontiff, Francis startled crowds on the streets around the Vatican when he walked out a side gate to shake hands. He then celebrated Mass at the Vatican's tiny parish church St. Anna's, delivering a relatively brief six minute homily.

After Mass, Francis again put his security detail to the test, wading into the street just outside St. Anna's Gate and stepping up to the crowd to grasp outstretched hands. The atmosphere was so casual that several people even gripped Francis on the shoulder.

Later, he delighted a crowd of more than 100,000 in St. Peter's Square when he delivered off-the-cuff remarks about God's power to forgive instead of reading from a written speech during the first Sunday window appearance of his papacy. He also spoke only in Italian, instead of in several languages as his last few predecessors had done, telling the faithful "have a good lunch" at the end of his remarks.

142-w-36-(Mark Smith, AP correspondent, with Pope Francis and Una Malloy, from Dublin, Ireland)--For the first time in his new papacy, Pope Francis has blessed the faithful in St. Peter's Square. AP correspondent Mark Smith reports. (17 Mar 2013)

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146-a-09-(Barry Kennedy, Dublin, Ireland, in AP interview)-"on this occasion"-Barry Kennedy from Dublin, Ireland, says as an Irish Catholic he considers it a privilege to have seen the new pope's first blessing in St. Peter's Square. (17 Mar 2013)

<<CUT *146 (03/17/13)>> 00:09 "on this occasion"

144-a-11-(Una Malloy, Dublin, Ireland, in AP interview)-"was a shame"-Una Malloy from Dublin, Ireland, says she was hoping to hear the spoke speak something other than Italian. (17 Mar 2013)

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145-a-13-(Una Malloy, Dublin, Ireland, in AP interview)-"a Jesuit pope"-Una Malloy from Dublin, Ireland, says this new pope seems a gentle man. (17 Mar 2013)

<<CUT *145 (03/17/13)>> 00:13 "a Jesuit pope"

143-a-10-(Una Malloy, Dublin, Ireland, in AP interview)-"us to that"-Una Malloy from Dublin, Ireland, says she's delighted to have seen the pope in St. Peter's Square -- and on St. Patrick's Day. (17 Mar 2013)

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117-w-38-(Mark Smith, AP correspondent, with Pope Francis)--Pope Francis has been worshipping and greeting the faithful in St. Peter's Square on this first Sunday of his papacy. AP correspondent Mark Smith reports. ((opens with music)) (17 Mar 2013)

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114-r-39-(Sound of Pope Francis, leading the throng in St. Peter's Square in the traditional Sunday "Angelus" devotions)--Sound of Pope Francis, leading the throng in St. Peter's Square in the traditional Sunday "Angelus" devotions. (17 Mar 2013)

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115-r-40-(Sound of the bells of St. Peter's Basilica, ringing after Pope Francis gave his traditional Sunday blessing)--Sound of the bells of St. Peter's Basilica, ringing after Pope Francis gave his traditional Sunday blessing. (17 Mar 2013)

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112-r-32-(Sound of crowds chanting "Francis, Francis", as Pope Francis greets a crowd and shakes hands outside Santa Anna church)--Sound of crowds chanting "Francis, Francis", as Pope Francis greets a crowd and shakes hands outside Santa Anna church. (17 Mar 2013)

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GRAPHICSBANK: POPE FRANCIS delivers his Angelus prayer at the Vatican, L'Osservatore Romano photo, with lettering on black banner, finished graphic (17 Mar 2013)

APPHOTO ROM202: RETRANSMISSION TO PROVIDE ALTERNATIVE CROP - Pope Francis greets faithful at the Vatican, Sunday, March 17, 2013. Pope Francis began his first Sunday as pontiff by making an impromptu appearance to the public from a side gate of the Vatican, startling passersby and prompting cheers, then kept up his simple, spontaneous style by delivering 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 and before entering the church, which serves Vatican City State's hundreds of residents, he shook hands of the parishioners and kissed babies. (AP Photo/Antonello Nusca) (17 Mar 2013)

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APPHOTO ROM101: Pope Francis greets faithful at the Vatican, Sunday, March 17, 2013. Pope Francis began his first Sunday as pontiff by making an impromptu appearance to the public from a side gate of the Vatican, startling passersby and prompting cheers, then kept up his simple, spontaneous style by delivering 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 and before entering the church, which serves Vatican City State's hundreds of residents, he shook hands of the parishioners and kissed babies. (AP Photo/Antonello Nusca) (17 Mar 2013)

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APPHOTO XDS104: Pope Francis waves from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, March 17, 2013, before his first Angelus prayer after becoming the 266th Roman Catholic pontiff on Wednesday. Breaking with tradition, Pope Francis delivered off-the-cuff remarks about God's power to forgive instead of reading from a written speech for the first Sunday window appearance of his papacy. He also spoke only in Italian, beginning with "buon giorno" (Good day) and ending with "buon pranzo" (Have a good lunch), instead of greeting the faithful in several languages as his last few predecessors had done. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis) (17 Mar 2013)

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APPHOTO OSS109: In this photo provided by the Vatican paper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis greets a priest at a side gate of the Vatican, Sunday, March 17, 2013. Pope Francis began his first Sunday as pontiff by making an impromptu appearance to the public from a side gate of the Vatican, startling passersby and prompting cheers, then kept up his simple, spontaneous style by delivering 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 and before entering the church, which serves Vatican City State's hundreds of residents, he shook hands of the parishioners and kissed babies. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano) (17 Mar 2013)

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APPHOTO OSS108: In this photo provided by the Vatican paper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Vatican St. Anna parish church, Sunday, March 17, 2013. Pope Francis began his first Sunday as pontiff by making an impromptu appearance to the public from a side gate of the Vatican, startling passersby and prompting cheers, then kept up his simple, spontaneous style by delivering 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 and before entering the church, which serves Vatican City State's hundreds of residents, he shook hands of the parishioners and kissed babies. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano) (17 Mar 2013)

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