|'Pray for me,' Francis tweets on first anniversary as pope|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Thursday marked the first anniversary of his election with a typically humble message, telling his followers on Twitter: “Please pray for me.”
No celebrations were planned for the occasion.
“Today the Pope is doing nothing special or different from other days. He prays,” Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi told reporters.
Francis has canceled all public engagements this week.
Until Friday, he is taking part in pre-Easter, closed-door “spiritual exercises” with senior Vatican officials at a retreat just outside Rome.
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