Who is Vincent Nichols?

Archbishop Vincent Nichols, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, will be made a cardinal today - who exactly is he?

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Anti-austerity protester climbs onto St Peter's Basilica

A man climbed St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican and unveiled a banner protesting against Italy's austerity measures.

Italian businessman Marcello Di Finizio has protested against austerity measures. Credit: REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

The banner read "stop this massacre a political horror show" which is believed to be a reference to Italy's coalition struggling with high unemployment and the recession.

He climbed the dome of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican and unveiled a banner. Credit: REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Pope Francis delivers Palm Sunday Mass to huge crowd

Pope Francis has returned to a packed St Peter's Square to deliver his first Palm Sunday Mass at the Vatican. Credit: EBU
Thousands of pilgrims turned out for the ceremony, days after the square was filled for the latest papal inauguration. Credit: EBU
The Mass in Rome begins the Catholic Church's most important liturgical season. Credit: EBU


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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Francis and Benedict embrace at historic Papal lunch

An embrace between Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has made history today. Credit: APTN
The meeting of the sitting Catholic leader and his predecessor was the first in history. Credit: APTN
Pope Francis shared lunch with the retired Benedict at the latter's Italian castle, days after the former's official inauguration. Credit: APTN


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.

Pope Francis explains his choice of name

Pope Francis has been explaining to the world's press why he chose his name.

He recounted how one of his fellow cardinals had turned to him during the Conclave and said: "Don't forget the poor".

He said he saw Saint Francis of Assisi - who lived in Italy in the 13th century - as a "man of poverty and of peace," and spoke of building a "poor Church and a Church for the poor".

He also said he was inspired by Saint Francis' love of nature, adding that "we are not on very good terms with nature today".

Read: New pope to be called Pope Francis

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