The eyes of Catholics around the globe were on the Vatican this morning for the inaugural mass of Jorge Bergoglio as Pope Francis. Dozens of world leaders gathered along with tens of thousands of worshipers in St. Peter's Square for the official installation of Francis as the new Pontiff. In a moving homily, Francis called upon the faithful to protect the weak and vulnerable, as well as all of "God's creation" with the belief that "the true power is service."
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The livestream is over, but you can read all our earlier updates—and see some great images—from the ceremony below. (All times given are Eastern, Rome is 5 hours ahead.)
7:17 a.m.: There's the big guy. Vice President Joe Biden meets the Pope.
And one more:
6:57 a.m.: Multitasking:
True power is service.The Pope must serve all people, especially the poor, the weak, the vulnerable.— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) March 19, 2013
Let us keep a place for Christ in our lives, let us care for one another and let us be loving custodians of creation.— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) March 19, 2013
6:45 p.m.: Argentine President Christina Kirchner is first to greet the Pope on the receiving line, followed by Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, lame duck Prime Minister Mario Monti, and then some assorted European princes. This will likely go on for quite some time, as all the visiting dignitaries will get to greet him.