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Pope Francis pays tribute to his predecessor

Pope Francis spoke in Italian during his inaugural homily.

Pope Francis has received applause as he paid tribute to his predecessor Benedict XVI during his homily, given in Italian, in front of the audience at St Peter's Square.

He sent Benedict XVI "prayers, affection and thanks".

Marking the feast of St Joseph today, Pope Francis said Christians must listen to God to "protect Christ in our lives so we can protect others".