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Rome mayor gives Francis I warm welcome

Italian president moved by simplicity of first words as pope

Rome mayor gives Francis I warm welcome

(see related stories) Rome, March 13 - Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno gave a warm welcome to Pope Francis I after his election on Wednesday. The Argentine also becomes the new bishop of Rome. "A warm welcome to the new pontiff Jorge Mario Bergoglio," said Alemanno on his Twitter account. Italian President Giorgio Napolitano was moved by the simplicity of Francis's first comments as pope, ANSA sources said. The official twitter account of the British Embassy to the Holy See also wished Francis well. "The British Embassy to the Holy See joins the Prime Minister @Number10gov in welcoming the election of His Holiness Pope Francis I," it said via Twitter. Britain is engaged in a sovereignty dispute with Francis's homeland over the Falkland Islands. The two nations fought a war over the islands in 1982.

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