Pope gives first Sunday blessing to faithful

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2 May 2005, VATICAN CITY - Newly-elected Pope Benedict XVI gave his first Sunday blessings to the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square in Rome, following in the footsteps of his predecessor.

2 May 2005

VATICAN CITY - Newly-elected Pope Benedict XVI gave his first Sunday blessings to the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square in Rome, following in the footsteps of his predecessor.

Tens of thousands cheered the pope as he continued the tradition set by John Paul II of addressing the faithful from his apartment window immediately after Sunday midday prayers.

"I address you for the first time from this window that my beloved predecessor made familiar to countless people in the entire world," said the pope.

John Paul appeared at the third floor window of the papal apartments in the Apostolic Palace almost every Sunday during his 26 year papacy. The last time was on 30 March, three days before his death.

Benedict blessed the crowd, sent good wishes to Orthodox Christians, who celebrated Easter on Sunday, and mentioned the need for Christian unity.

He also referred to the troubled situation in Togo and the plight of the unemployed.

The German moved into the papal apartments on Saturday, almost two weeks after his election.

DPA

Subject: German news

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