Pope Francis is making his first speech from the balcony overlooking St Peter's Square in the Vatican.
The pontiff spoke for a short time before giving The Angelus prayer to the assembled crowds.
He repeated his central message that "the Lord never tires of forgiving" several times.
He got a laugh from the crowd when he joked that he wasn't trying to promote a book written by a cardinal that he made reference to in his speech.
A woman who claims she was once the girlfriend of Pope Francis said the pair broke up because he wanted to become a priest.
Pope Francis put his humility on display during his first day today, stopping by his hotel to pick up his luggage and pay the bill himself.
Julie Etchingham has spoken to Vatican insiders who have given her interesting details on the man chosen to lead the Roman Catholic Church.