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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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Pope Francis tweets for the first time

Pope Francis has tweeted for the first time since he was elected last Wednesday:

The tweet was retweeted some 7,000 times in its first half hour of existence.

The same @Pontifex account was used to declare that a new pope had been elected with the words "HABEMUS PAPAM FRANCISCUM," although this has now been deleted.

Pope Benedict XVI, his predecessor, used the same account for his first tweet: "Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart."

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