VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis offered intimate insights Saturday into the moments after his election, telling journalists that he was immediately inspired to take the name of St. Francis of Assisi because of his work for peace and the poor — and that he himself would like to see ‘‘a poor church and a church for the poor.’’
In a recognition that not all journalists in the room were Christian or even believers, the pope offered a blessing without the traditional Catholic formula or gesture, saying he would bless each one in silence ‘‘respecting your conscience, but knowing that each one of you is a child of God. May God bless you.’’
‘‘Let me tell you a story,’’ Francis said in a break from his prepared text during a special gathering for thousands of journalists, media workers, and guests in the Vatican’s auditorium.
Francis then described how he was comforted by his friend, Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes, as it appeared the voting was going his way and it seemed ‘‘a bit dangerous’’ that he would reach the two-thirds necessary to be elected.
When the threshold was reached, applause erupted in the frescoed Sistine Chapel.
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