Pope Francis inaugurated

Pope Francis has been officially installed as the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church today. The Pope began his first full day with a prayer dedicated to the Virgin Mary at Rome's main Basilica.

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Pope Francis completes 90 minute meet-and-greet

Pope Francis has concluded his inauguration with an epic meet-and-greet session during which he received 132 representatives of nations and international organisations.

Pope Francis has left St Peter's Basilica after greeting guests from more than 130 nations.
The newly inaugurated pontiff signed off with a more few handshakes.
Pope Francis spent an hour and a half receiving the succession of dignitaries to complete the inauguration ceremony.



Baroness Warsi 'privileged and honoured' to be in Rome

Baroness Warsi, who attended the inauguration of Pope Francis in Rome, has tweeted her response to the ceremony:


Privileged & honoured to witness up close the moving inauguration of #Pope Francis. His messages of hope will ring through the world #faith

The Minister for Faith and Communities joined Cabinet colleague Kenneth Clarke in representing the British government at the inauguration.

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