When Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio emerged from behind the red curtains onto the balcony at the Vatican on Wednesday to reveal himself as Pope Francis, he had already made history.
He is the first pope from Latin America, the first non-European pontiff in over 1,200 years, the first Jesuit and the first to chose the name Francis.
Unlike his predecessors John XIII (1958), Paul VI (1963), John Paul I (1978), John Paul II (1978) and Benedict XVI (2005), he did not raise his arms to the 150,000 people gathered in the rain soaked square.
Looking vaguely stunned, he made a timid smile and a simple blessing with his right hand. Then he stood still, arms straight by his sides.
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Wearing only a simple white cassock rather than a red papal cape and stole, and a simple cross rather than the customary gold pectoral cross, Francis made history again when he asked the crowd to pray for him.
"If I can ask a favor before the bishop blesses you, I ask you pray for me," Francis said, and bowed his head.