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DFW Catholics celebrate new Pope's first Sunday.

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DALLAS -

During his first Sunday window appearance, Pope Francis didn't read from a prepared speech.  Instead, the newly elected Pontiff made some off the cuff remarks and continued to establish himself as a man of the people.

In downtown Dallas, at the Cathedral of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Bishop Kevin Farrell asked his parishioners to pray that the Holy Spirit guides Pope Francis.

On Sunday, the Pope made an unscheduled appearance from a side gate of the Vatican.

Before going into St. Anna's Church, he shook hands with the public and kissed babies.

Bishop Farrell says on Sunday morning, Pope Francis did what hasn't been done in the Vatican in 2,000 years:  He walked among the crowd.

These are all characteristics Bishop Farrell hopes will give a new enthusiasm in the church.

Roman Catholics are the second largest religious group in the U.S.

But, if ex-Catholics were to create their own religious group, it would be counted as the third largest denomination in the United States behind Catholics and Baptists.

Pope Francis' predecessor, Emeritus Pope Benedict the 16th went into retirement.  He's the first Pontiff to retire in almost 600 years.

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