Anniversary interview: Pope talks about his election, papacy, future

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March 15, 2015

Pope Francis delivers blessing during election night appearance on central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica

Pope Francis deliver his blessing during his election night appearance on the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican March 13, 2013. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When Pope Francis went out onto the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica for the first time, he said he did not prepare what he was going to say, but “I felt deeply that a minister needs the blessing of God, but also of his people.”

He did not know if it was right to explicitly ask the thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square to bless him, so instead he asked them to pray that God would bless him, he said. And he bowed for their prayers.

Marking the second anniversary of his election March 13, Pope Francis spoke about the conclave that elected him in 2013, about his life the last two years and about the future in an interview with Valentina Alazraki of Mexico’s Televisa.

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