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Pope Francis prepares for inaugural mass

by Richard Gaisford - Chief Correspondent, Daybreak
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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Pope could greet the crowds today in Rome

by Richard Gaisford - Chief Correspondent, Daybreak

It is going to be an incredible mix of tourists, locals, dignitaries and pilgrims cramming into St Peter's Square today.

Vatican city this morning Credit: Twitter/@richardgaisford

The way the pope arrives will be a crucial sign of how he wants to be seen.

It is thought he may ditch the pope mobile at some point, get out and walk, talk and touch the people who have come here to get a glimpse of him.

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