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 asks followers to 'pray for me'

Thousands have jockeyed for space to hear the new Pope's address.

Pope Francis has ended his inaugural homily with a request to his Christian followers to "pray for me".

He said his role as the Bishop of Rome is to bring hope by service to their faith.

The "authentic power is service" he said, adding that kindness and compassion is "not a sign of weakness".

Pope Francis pays tribute to his predecessor

Pope Francis spoke in Italian during his inaugural homily.

Pope Francis has received applause as he paid tribute to his predecessor Benedict XVI during his homily, given in Italian, in front of the audience at St Peter's Square.

He sent Benedict XVI "prayers, affection and thanks".

Marking the feast of St Joseph today, Pope Francis said Christians must listen to God to "protect Christ in our lives so we can protect others".


Pope's rites of passage before inaugural mass

Pope Francis has received the Pallium, made of lamb and sheep wool, recalling the Good Shepherd who carries the lost sheep on his shoulders.
The Fisherman's Ring, bearing the image of St Peter with the keys, was presented to Pope Francis.
Six cardinals, two from each order, have approached the Pope to make an act of obedience. He broke tradition by standing to receive them.


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Pope Francis prepares for inaugural mass

Hundreds of thousands have gathered in Rome for the Pope's inaugural mass.

Pope Francis collected the key Papal symbols for his inauguration from the tomb of St Peter, under the high altar of the Basilica.

Cardinals then streamed out into St Peter's Square, followed by Pope Francis, for the start of the public ceremony.

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