VATICAN CITY (AP) — On his first full day as pontiff, Pope Francis is displaying his well-known humility.
He stopped by his hotel to pick up his luggage -- and paid the bill himself.
The former archbishop of Buenos Aires began his first day as pope making an early morning visit in a simple Vatican car to a Roman basilica dedicated to the Virgin Mary. There, he prayed before an icon of the Madonna.
Yesterday, he told a crowd of some 100,000 people in St. Peter's Square that he would pray to the Madonna "that she may watch over all of Rome."
He also told cardinals that he would call on the retired Pope Benedict -- but the Vatican says that visit won't take place for a few days.
The main item on the new pope's schedule today is an inaugural Mass in the Sistine Chapel, where cardinals elected him yesterday as leader of the church. He might be expected to outline some of his priorities as pope during his homily.
185-a-07-(The Reverend Thomas Rosica (roh-SEE'-kah, Vatican spokesman, at news conference)-"what you've done"-Vatican spokesman Father Thomas Rosica says Pope Francis showed his sense of humor at dinner with the cardinals last night. (14 Mar 2013)
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184-a-17-(The Reverend Thomas Rosica (roh-SEE'-kah, Vatican spokesman, at news conference)-"Casa Santa Marta"-Vatican spokesman Father Thomas Rosica says Pope Francis waved off his limo last night. (14 Mar 2013)
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186-a-13-(The Reverend Thomas Rosica (roh-SEE'-kah, Vatican spokesman, at news conference)-"in Jesuit history"-Vatican spokesman Father Thomas Rosica says Pope Francis prayed this morning at a historic spot within the Basilica of St. Mary Major. (14 Mar 2013)
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APPHOTO VAT101: CORRECTS YEAR TO 2013 - In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis puts flowers on the altar inside St. Mary Major Basilica, in Rome, Thursday, March 14, 2013. Pope Francis opened his first morning as pontiff by praying Thursday at Rome's main basilica dedicated to the Virgin Mary, a day after cardinals elected him the first pope from the Americas in a bid to revive a Catholic Church in crisis and give it a preacher with a humble touch. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho) (14 Mar 2013)
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APPHOTO OSS120: In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis waves the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who chose the name of Pope Francis, is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano) (13 Mar 2013)
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