Pope Benedict the 16th tried to reach out beyond his church in his first homily as leader of the world's Roman Catholics.
During his inauguration at the Vatican Sunday, Pope Benedict sent a special greeting to members of all Christian faiths and to Jews, who he said share a spiritual heritage with Christianity.
He added his thoughts go out to believers and non-believers alike. Cloaked in golden vestments, the pope told some 350,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square that he is a "weak servant of God."
He asked for prayers in leading the world's one-point-one billion Catholics, calling it an "enormous task." After the two-hour mass the pontiff rode through the Square in an open topped jeep, waving to cheering pilgrims.
On hand to greet the new pope were dozens of foreign leaders including German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and President Horst Koehler.
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