Pope Francis inaugurated

Pope Francis has been officially installed as the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church today. The Pope began his first full day with a prayer dedicated to the Virgin Mary at Rome's main Basilica.

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Pope Francis prepares for inaugural mass

Hundreds of thousands have gathered in Rome for the Pope's inaugural mass.

Pope Francis collected the key Papal symbols for his inauguration from the tomb of St Peter, under the high altar of the Basilica.

Cardinals then streamed out into St Peter's Square, followed by Pope Francis, for the start of the public ceremony.

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