Pope leads Palm Sunday Mass

Days after his inauguration, Pope Francis has returned to a packed St Peter's Square to lead Palm Sunday Mass, which begins the start of Holy Week towards Easter. It comes a day after he lunched with predecessor Pope Emeritus Benedict south of Rome.

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Pope Francis to lead Palm Sunday celebration

Pope Francis will give six liturgies after today's Sunday Mass. Credit: REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Days after his inauguration, Pope Francis is set to return to a packed St Peter's Square for Palm Sunday Mass.

The Mass, which begins the start of Holy Week towards Easter, is set to be attended by thousands of pilgrims in Rome.

Yesterday, Pope Francis flew south of the city for an historic lunch meeting with his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict.

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Pope Francis to meet Benedict in unprecedented event

Pope Francis
Pope Francis Credit: REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Pope Francis is due to have lunch with his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVII, in an event that is believed to be the first ever meeting between a Pope and a former Pope.

Pope Francis will meet with Benedict for a private lunch at his castle residence south of Rome. The new head of the church is usually only elected once the predecessor has passed away, making this a first in the Catholic church.

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