Inauguration Mass of Pope Francis - Highlights

Published at 2013-03-19 10:24PM

Rome was bright and sunny Tuesday morning as thousands of people made their way to St. Peter's Square to celebrate the Pope's Inauguration Mass. Doors opened at about 6: 30 am and by then many were ready to get a good spot.

The newly elected Pope passed through St. Peter's Square in the Popemobile, as people waved their flags and congratulated him. It was precisely during this journey that the Pope saw a disabled person among the thousands gathered there. He got out of the car, walked over and personally blessed him.

Along with cardinals and patriarchs, the Pope then prayed a few minutes in silence, before the tomb of St. Peter.

In the background the “Thou art Peter” song was being played as more than 150,000 people waited to celebrate Mass with the new Pope. Cardinal Deacon Jean Louis Tauran gave him the pallium, which is a religious stole with six red crosses. Then Cardinal Angelo Sodano gave the Pope his Fisherman's ring, which is emblematic of each Papacy.

During the Homily, the Pope honored the works of John Paul II and Benedict XVI, whom he congratulated for his feast day of St. Joseph.

Click here to read the full text of the Holy Father's homily.

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godwin Blair kisomose wrote at 5:37am on March 20th 2013
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