Large, enthusiastic crowds turned out for Pope Francis's celebration of Palm Sunday, kicking off his first Holy Week as Pope.
FOX News Radio's Courtney Walsh reports from the Vatican:
St. Peter's Square was packed; many waved flags and the traditional palm and olive branches, some here to get a glimpse of the new Pope Francis as he celebrated his first Palm Sunday mass. One sign read "You are the Springtime of the Church."
(Pope Francis - in Italian)
The Argentinian Pontiff, here saying never give in to desperation. Smiling, he then drove the cheering crowds - with a dozen bodyguards walking beside his open-back Jeep - kissing babies and the disabled.
The hugely popular 76-year-old has a busy Easter schedule, and in a first, will visit a juvenile prison for the traditional Washing of the Feet on Holy Thursday.
At the Vatican, Courtney Walsh, FOX News Radio.