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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's rites of passage before inaugural mass

Pope Francis has received the Pallium, made of lamb and sheep wool, recalling the Good Shepherd who carries the lost sheep on his shoulders.
The Fisherman's Ring, bearing the image of St Peter with the keys, was presented to Pope Francis.
Six cardinals, two from each order, have approached the Pope to make an act of obedience. He broke tradition by standing to receive them.

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