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Letter from Rome

Pope Francis' most recent address to Rome's diocesan assembly did not make many headlines but it should have.

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By Robert Mickens

Most people who follow the happenings of the Catholic Church will vividly remember this date: March 13, 2013.

It was on that evening in Rome that a Jesuit cardinal from Argentina named Jorge Mario Bergoglio appeared on the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica dressed in white. He was the newly elected pope and had taken the name Francis.

"You know that it was the duty of the conclave to give Rome a bishop. It seems that my brother cardinals have gone to the ends of the earth to get one," he said in his very first words to the Church and the world.

"First of all, I would like to offer a prayer for our Bishop Emeritus, Benedict XVI," the new pope said. "Let us pray together for him, that the Lord may bless him and that Our Lady may keep him," Francis continued.

And then he said: "And now, we take up this journey: Bishop and People — this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches. A journey of fraternity, love and trust among us."

To read more of this Letter to Rome click here.

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