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Pope continues to charm, surprise the faithful

Francis strays from some usual Vatican protocols

VATICAN CITY — In his first Sunday appearance from the papal apartment overlooking St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis charmed a huge crowd by infusing the message of the Gospel with personal recollections and a smattering of humor.

He greeted the estimated 200,000 people who had crowded into the square for his first Angelus, a traditional prayer to the Virgin Mary, with a hearty ‘‘buon giorno,’’ which was cheered. And he took leave of them with ‘‘buon pranzo’’ — ‘‘Have a good lunch’’ — which was cheered even more.

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