Pope Francis’ inauguration
March 19, 2013
Francisco toured St. Peter’s Square in a simple “popemobile” and stopped at an opportunity to greet a sick person who was among the thousands of faithful.
Among those present it was highlighted the participation for the first time, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I, who had not been in a inauguration from 1,000 years ago.
The Pope, the Catholic patriarchs and major archbishops in procession to the basilica rose to go to St. Peter’s Square, where it was placed the pallium and was given the Fisherman’s ring, as a sign of austerity, ordered by Francisco in silver gilt, rather than a golden jewel.
Before of all delegations, the Petrine ministry of Francis began with Italian representation.
Cristina Fernandez was waiting this morning in St. Peter’s Square, next to the head of the Supreme Court, Ricardo Lorenzetti, Lower House president Julián Domínguez, Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman, among others.
Everybody sang the Collect of the Solemnity of St. Joseph. The thousands of faithful gathered prayed with devotion.
In the Pope’s words, “We must not be afraid of goodness, much less of tenderness. Hatred, envy and pride defile the life, guard is monitoring our heart”.
The Pope’s message can be summed up in this sentence ‘The Pope has to put his eyes in the humble service of San Jose’. Homily ended in applause.