Tuesday, March 19, 2013

In Pictures - Pope Francis inauguration mass

Pope Francis reads the gospel during his inaugural Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Tuesday, March 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Official beginning: The inauguration Mass for Pope Francis is under way in St Peter's Square in Rome, marking the official start of his papacy.

Pope Francis stands at the steps of St. Peter's Basilica during his inaugural Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Tuesday, March 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Beginning office as 266th pope: Before the Mass Pope Francis was presented with his papal pallium made of lambs' wool - symbolising his role as shepherd of his flock.

Tradition:
Tradition: Pope Francis receives the Fisherman's Ring, made of gold-plated silver. The pope's signet ring shows St. Peter as a fisherman and has the reigning pope's name inscribed around the border. It has been used since the 13th century as a seal for private letters.

Order of ceremony
Order of ceremony: Pope Francis took part in ceremonies within St. Peter's Basilica, before emerging once more in solemn procession to be seated before the massed crowds in the square.

Captive audience:
Captive audience: Francis then delivered his homily, in Italian. His sermon began by focusing on Joseph and his role as protector - of Mary, Jesus and the Church.

Spectacular sight
Spectacular sight: Cardinals line up in seats at Pope Francis' inaugural Mass. The Pope received the obedience of the cardinals, and the Mass formally began in Rome.

Order of service:
Order of service: Priests deliver communion under umbrellas to the faithful

Relaxed:
Relaxed: Francis, who was elected by a secret conclave of cardinals last Wednesday, stopped frequently to greet the crowd.

Blessing from new leader:
Blessing from Pope Francis kisses a child as he arrives in Saint Peter's Square.

Bustling scene: Crowds fill Saint Peter's Square - police ensured they were out in force to make sure crushes did not occur in the sea of people hoping to catch a glimpse of the new Pope
Bustling scene: Crowds fill Saint Peter's Square - police ensured they were out in force to make sure crushes did not occur in the sea of people hoping to catch a glimpse of the new Pope.

Fresh start:
Pope's inauguration Mass today.

Pope Francis waves to crowds as he arrives to his inauguration Mass
Pope Francis waves to crowds as he arrives through the heaving crowd.
Holy meeting: Although the new leader of the Catholic Church smiled widely as he picked up a child offered to him, the baby was not quite so cheerful
Holy meeting: Although Pope Francis smiled widely as he picked up a child offered to him, the baby was not quite so cheerful.

Caring touch:
Caring touch: Pope Francis got out jeep to bless a disabled man in a wheelchair in the crowd
Attraction: The crowd may be the biggest in Rome since more than 1.5 million people came to the city for the beatification of the late Pope John Paul II on May 1, 2011
Attraction: The crowd may be the biggest in Rome since more than 1.5 million people came to the city for the beatification of the late Pope John Paul II on May 1, 2011

2 comments:

Sherwin said...

Loads of people!
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Helen Gonsalves said...

I understand it was much less than expected as the inauguration was not held on a Sunday. Beautiful ceremony.