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Pope Francis delivers first mass

Pope Francis has delivered his first mass as pontiff after becoming the first ever pope from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium.

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UN Secretary General sends 'heartfelt congratulations'

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has offered his "heartfelt congratulations" to Pope Francis. In a statement he said:

I look forward to continuing cooperation between the United Nations and the Holy See, under the wise leadership of His Holiness Pope Francis.

We share many common goals – from the promotion of peace, social justice and human rights, to the eradication of poverty and hunger – all core elements of sustainable development.

We also share the conviction that we can only resolve the interconnected challenges of today’s world through dialogue. I am certain that His Holiness will continue to build on the legacy of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, in the promotion of inter-faith dialogue ...

– Ban Ki Moon, United Nations Secretary-General

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