Pope Francis asked the crowd to pray for Benedict XVI, Pope Emeritus
“Brothers and sisters, good evening!
You know that the duty of the Conclave was to give a bishop to Rome. It seems as though my brother cardinals have gone to the ends of the earth to get him … but here we are. I thank you for your welcome. The diocesan community of Rome has a bishop. Thank you!
"Before all else, I would like to say a prayer for our Bishop Emeritus Benedict XVI. Let us all pray together for him, that the Lord may bless him and that Our Lady may watch over him."
Then the crowd prayed the “Our Father, “ and the “Hail Mary,” and the “Glory Be” for Benedict XVI.
"And now let us begin this journey: Bishop and people. This journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches. It is a journey of fraternity, of love, of trust between us. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the world, so that a great brotherhood may be created. I hope that this journey of the Church, which we begin today and in which my Cardinal Vicar who is present here will assist me, will be fruitful for the Evangelization of this most beautiful city.
“And now I would like to give you my blessing. But before I do, I would like to ask you a favor: before the bishop blesses the people, I ask you to pray to the Lord that He bless me…. the prayer of the people for a blessing upon their bishop. Let us take a moment of silence for you to offer your prayer for me.”
The crowd kept silence while the Pope Francis I bowed and received their prayers.
Then the Pope proceeded.
"Now I will give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."
After making the sign of the Cross and uttering a prayer, Pope Francis I said:
“Brothers and Sisters,
“I leave you now. Thank you for your welcome. Pray for me. And we’ll see one another again soon. Tomorrow I want to go and pray to Our Lady, asking her to watch over Rome. Good night and have a good rest.”
Translated by Diane Montagna