“Thousands Pack St. Peter’s Square for Pope Francis’ Inaugural Mass”


VATICAN CITY, March 19, 2013
emblem of the Papacy: Triple tiara and keys Fr...
emblem of the Papacy: Triple tiara and keys Français : emblème pontifical Italiano: emblema del Papato Português: Emblema papal. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hundreds of thousands of people filled St. Peter’s Square to welcome Pope Francis, the first Latin American pontiff, to celebrate his inaugural mass in front of numerous heads of state from around the world.

Pope Francis rode around the square in an open-air jeep as he waved and kissed babies along the way. The pope exited the jeep at one point to bless a man who was in a wheelchair.

Speaking at his inaugural mass, Francis reflected on St. Joseph’s responsibilities in protecting Jesus and Mary, and said that responsibility extends to the pope himself.

“He is in touch with his surroundings,” Francis said. “He can make truly wise decisions. In him, dear friends, we learn how to respond to God‘s call. Gladly and willingly.   FULL STORY