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Pope hopes for new year blessings for 'entire human family,' peace in hearts and world

  • Pope Francis celebrates a New Year mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

    Pope Francis celebrates a New Year mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Swiss guards hold his lance as he attends a New Year mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

    A Swiss guards hold his lance as he attends a New Year mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Swiss guard stands as he attends a New Year mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

    A Swiss guard stands as he attends a New Year mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)  (The Associated Press)

Pope Francis has prayed for blessings for "the entire human family" in his first public ceremony of the new year.

Celebrating Mass Thursday morning in St. Peter's Basilica, Francis also asked that God "grant peace to our days — peace in hearts, peace in families, peace among nations."

Tourists, pilgrims and Romans were streaming to St. Peter's Square for his noon appearance.