Rome, Italy, Mar 20, 2013 / 11:02 am
The mayor of Rome said that the simple humility of Pope Francis "really touched" his heart after the Mass that officially began the Petrine ministry.
"He is a beautiful example, and I really believe this is the right Pope for this time because there is so much crisis and people need hope," said the mayor of Rome, Gianni Alemanno, at Saint Peter's Square.
The mayor also said the Pope inspired him to "reflect on being more simple and paying more attention to people."
"I feel very happy because Pope Francis is truly a person that is immediately endearing," he told CNA on March 19.