Pope Francis stunned the people of Buenos Aires when he made a personal call to the thousands of people who had gathered to Mass of his Inauguration last Tuesday.
At 7.32am Rome time (that's 3.32am in Argentine money!), wishing to acknowledge the prayerful intentions of his countryfolk at such an early hour, the Pope decided to link up to the main square in the city, the Plaza de Mayo, and give them a speical message.
The Pope said "Dear sons and daughters, I know you have gathered in the square. I know that you are saying prayers, I need then very much. It is beautiful to pray because we look to Heaven and we know we have a good Father who is God."
Francis then went on to say "I want to ask a favour of you. I want to ask for us to walk together, to care for one another, for you to care for each other. Do not cause harm. Protect life. Protect the family; protect nature; protect the young; protect the elderly. Let there not be hatred or fighting. Put aside envy."
He continued "Talk with one another so that this desire to protect each other might grow in your hearts. And draw near to God. God is good. He always forgives and understands. Do not be afraid of him. Draw near to him and may the Virgin bless you. May she, as mother, protect you. Please do not forget this bishop who is far away but who love you very much. Pray for me."
And finally "Throught intercession of Mary, ever Virgin, and each of your guardian angels, the glorious patriarch St Joseph, St Therese of the Child Jesus, and each of your protector saints, may God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit bless you."