Pope Francis has promised to bring his followers hope by service at his inauguration in front of a crowd of 150,000 in Rome.
Pope Francis will greet crowds before being inaugurated, a guide to the event at the Vatican today.
A woman who claims she was once the girlfriend of Pope Francis said the pair broke up because he wanted to become a priest.
Benedict XVI has returned to Vatican for first time since his resignation. The pope Emeritus was greeted by Pope Francis.
Pope Francis has condemned "slave labour" in Bangladesh after at least 400 people were killed in the Dhaka factory collapse, according to news agency AFP.
Pope Francis was formally installed as the Bishop of Rome today in a ceremony, in which he used his arrival at St John in Lateran Basilica to honour a past pope who still remains popular in Rome.
Francis arrived a half-hour early to bless a plaque renaming a corner of the piazza outside the church after Pope John Paul II, who died in 2005.
"It is with joy that I am celebrating the Eucharist for the first time in this Lateran Basilica, the Cathedral of the Bishop of Rome. I greet all of you with great affection," Francis said in his homily.
Easter Sunday represents a new beginning for Christians, but today had an even stronger sense of renewal for Anglicans and Catholics.
Both have new leaders just settling into their roles and it's today that their messages tend to reach the widest audience of the year.
Martha Fairlie reports on a warning from the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Pope's plea for peace.
In his first "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) message, Francis also called for peace between Israelis and Palestinians, an end to the civil war in Syria, and political solutions to conflicts in several African countries.
The former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina also condemned the "iniquitous exploitation of natural resources" and urged everyone to be "guardians" of creation.
Pope Francis Good Friday Lord's Passion at St Peter's and at the Colosseum ahead of the 'Way of the Cross' this evening.
Pope Francis has given yet another sign of how different his papacy is going to be. Not for him the tradition and splendour of St Peter's for the Washing of The Feet ceremony.
Instead he went to a Detention Centre in Rome and washed the feet of twelve young inmates, as Juliet Bremner reports they included two women, one of whom was a Muslim:
Pope Francis has broken with tradition in an Easter ritual as he washed and kissed the feet of a dozen inmates at a juvenile detention centre on Holy Thursday. Previous Pope's have maintained the traditional foot washing within the Vatican with priests.
Two of the 12 were young women, an even more remarkable choice given that the rite re-enacts Jesus' washing of the feet of his male disciples, the inclusion of women has been banned by some dioceses.
Orthodox and Muslim detainees were also included in the twelve according to news reports.
"This is a symbol, it is a sign - washing your feet means I am at your service," Francis told the youngsters.
"Help one another. This is what Jesus teaches us. This is what I do. And I do it with my heart. I do this with my heart because it is my duty, as a priest and bishop I must be at your service."
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.