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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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Dalai Lama congratulates Pope Francis

The Dalai Lama has congratulated Jorge Bergoglio after the Argentine was elected as the new Pope.

In a statement, the Tibetan spiritual leader said: "May I offer you my greetings and sense of joy on your historic election as the Pope.”

He added: "Although I am not very familiar with many Catholic saints, I do know about St Francis, having visited Assisi and attended inter-religious gatherings there.

"His discipline, the simplicity of his way of life and his love for all creatures are qualities that I find deeply inspiring. I am moved to know that his is the name you have chosen for your papacy.”

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