New pope told cardinals 'may God forgive you'
Francis showed wit after being elected at conclave14 March, 12:45
The new head of the Catholic Church "brought the house down" with the comment when dining with cardinals after the conclave on Wednesday, according to one of them, Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan.
He also told the cardinals, "I hope you don't regret this later," Dolan told reporters at the North American College in Rome. Dolan, who was considered one of the favourites to become pope before the conclave, said Francis had "won our hearts" with his "beautiful sincerity, simplicity and humility".
He added: "He kind of comes across as shy and reserved, doesn't he? "His voice is kind of conversational. He doesn't have a real booming voice, but he's a man of confidence and poise".