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Pope Francis was officially inaugurated as The Vatican's 266th pontiff Tuesday in front of the biggest crowd yet to see the new pope, according to The Guardian. The Italian police said they were expecting over 1 million people on St. Peter's Square to watch the Inaugural Mass of former Cardinal Jorge Begoglio from Argentina. In his homily, Pope Francis implored the faithful to "never forget that authentic power is service, and that the Pope too, when exercising power, must enter ever more fully into that service." He said that today, amid so much darkness, we need to see the light of hope.


Pope Francis Installation Mass LIVE Stream: Watch Pope Francis' Investiture Online

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The Vatican will host Tuesday delegations from over 130 countries, and multiple religious denominations, who will attend Pope Francis I's Investiture — or Installation Mass. Cardinal Jorge Begoglio, from Argentina, was elected by the Conclave on March 13 beating big favorites such as Cardinals Angelo Scola from Italy and even Cardinal Timothy Dolan from New York. Vice President Joe Biden, a Catholic, will lead the American delegation. President Barack Obama had invited Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio), who is also a Catholic, but Boehner declined citing important business in Washington. 


Pope Francis Inauguration: Boehner Declines WH Invitation to Papal Investiture

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Pope Francis will be officially inaugurated on March 19, the Vatican said on Wednesday — according to Reuters. And, though the White House invited Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner (R-Ohio) to join Vice President Joe Biden as part of a delegation to the papal investiture, Boehner declined the invitation citing budget negotiations as the reason — according to National Journal. "I am grateful for the invitation to attend the papal investiture in Rome with Vice President Biden, and would like to be able to join the trip," Boehner said. "Unfortunately, my duties in the House next week — including hosting President Obama and the prime minister of Ireland at the Capitol on Tuesday, and the debate on the budget — make that impossible," he added.

What is a Jesuit: 5 Facts About "The Company of Jesus"

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1. The Society of Jesus is an order of the Catholic Church, founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola

2. Ignatius of Loyola founded the "Company of Jesus" and took their first vows at Montmartre in Paris in 1534. 

3. They have quite a hierarchical structure, organized into geographic areas which "provincial superior" reports to the society's "Superior General." 

4. The name "Jesuit" was first applied "derisively," as a critic of those who named Jesus too much in public.

5. Jesuits don't have to wear a habit, and are recommended to dress according to the culture where they live. 


YouTube New Pope Announcement Video: Watch Pope Francis I Announcement

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Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, a former Auxiliary Bishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, was selected by as Pope Francis I, the successor of former Pope Benedict XVI. Francis, who was not considered one of the front runners, was however selected only in the second day of The Vatican's conclave.

Francis has already been dubbed as "the first pope of the new world," because he hails from Argentina and is also a Jesuit, a somewhat more moderate and tolerant order within the Catholic Church. He, however, espouses views as conservative as the previous guy.  

Watch how Senior Cardinal Deacon Jean-Louis Tauran announces the new pope from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica:

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New Pope Prayer: Full Text, Highlights

"Before the bishop blesses the people, I want to ask you as the people to bless the bishop." 

"Let's pray in silence for me."

The crowd has fallen silent as the new Pope Francis has paused for a moment.

Now, he's put on the papal robe. He's being confirmed now. "Let's pray so that he will preserve for a long time, the pope, to guide the Church and so he gives peace to the Church and to the whole world."

Jorge Mario Bergoglio Pope: Listen to First Pope Prayer Here

Pope Francis, aka Jorge Mario Bergoglio, has been officially declared the new pope, the first Latin American pope from Argentina. He is preparing to address the huge crowd standing outside the Vatican. Here's the highlights:

"Brothers and Sisters - good evening. ... Let's pray all together." 

The pope prayed in Latin, with hundreds of thousands repeating after him gathered outside the Vatican. He is surrounded by cardinals, and has captivated the entire audience.

"And now let's begin this act together, the bishop with the people. The path of the Church of Rome that resides in charity, a path in brotherhood, love, and trust." 

"Let's pray together for all of us, for one another, for the world. So that there is a big brotherhood."


Pope Francis I Address LIVE Stream: Watch Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio Online

Papal conclave livestream schedule (c/o The Telegraph): 

UPDATE: Pope Francis I is the new pontiff.

Note: Because the voting is done behind closed doors, the live stream will only show the shot of the Sistine Chapel chimney.

5:00 a.m. (EDT)

A special mass was held in St Peter's and attended by the 115 cardinals ahead of the conclave.

11:30 a.m. (EDT)

The cardinals will enter the Sistine Chapel to begin the papal conclave and the door will be closed behind them.

1:30 p.m. (EDT)

Shot of Sistine Chapel chimney from Peter's Square as cardinals take part in the papal conclave. After each round of voting, either black or white smoke will appear from the chimney. Black smoke means no clear winner, white smoke means a new pope has been chosen.


Jorge Mario Bergoglio: 5 Facts About the First Latin American Pope

1) He is from Argentina.

Jorge Mario Bergoglio is the first Latin American pope, an Argentine cardinal born in Buenos Aires.

2) He represents change.

The front-runner for the position was Italy's Angelo Scola, a European cardinal, but this selection sends a message that the Church is ready to change and embrace Catholics in new countries, in the developing world.

3) He opposes abortion, but is more tolerant on gay issues.

He believes the Church should oppose abortion and is against homosexuality, but also things gay people should be treated with respect.

4) He preaches passion for the poor.

He is critical of corruption in Argentine, is seen as a man of the people, and often walks through the streets of Buenos Aires amongst the people.

5) He has a Jesuit background.

He is one of five children, born to Italian parents, and studied at a Jesuit school.


Jorge Mario Bergoglio is the New Pope, Will Be Pope Francis I

Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina on Wednesday night was named the new pope, and will take the name Pope Francis I. He is the first Jesuit pope and the first Latin American pope. He is a chemist by training. He is a very vocal advocate for the poor. 

He has served as the Archbishop of Buenos Aires since 1998. He was elevated to the cardinalate in 2001.

Here are his views on key issues.

Liberation theology

Bergoglio is an accomplished theologian who distanced himself from liberation theology early in his career. He is thought to be close to Comunione e Liberazione, a conservative lay movement.

Abortion and euthanasia

Cardinal Bergoglio has invited his clergy and laity to oppose both abortion and euthanasia.


He has affirmed church teaching on homosexuality, though he teaches the importance of respecting individuals who are gay. He strongly opposed legislation introduced in 2010 by the Argentine government to allow same-sex marriage.

In a letter to the monasteries of Buenos Aires, he wrote: "Let's not be naive, we're not talking about a simple political battle; it is a destructive pretension against the plan of God. We are not talking about a mere bill, but rather a machination of the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God."

He has also insisted that adoption by gays and lesbians is a form of discrimination against children. This position received a rebuke from Argentine president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, who said the church's tone was reminiscent of "medieval times and the Inquisition."

Church and AIDS

His doctrinal orthodoxy emphasizes Christ's mandate to love: he is well remembered for his 2001 visit to a hospice, in which he washed and kissed the feet of 12 AIDS patients.

Social justice

He consistently preaches a message of compassion towards the poor, but some observers would like him to place a greater emphasis on issues of social justice. Rather than articulating positions on matters of political economy, Bergoglio prefers to emphasize spirituality and holiness, believing that this will naturally lead to greater concern for the suffering of the poor. He has, however, voiced support for social programs, and publicly challenged free-market policies.

Relations with the Argentine government

In 2005, a human rights lawyer filed a criminal complaint against Bergoglio, accusing him of conspiring with the junta in 1976 to kidnap two Jesuit priests, whom he, as superior of the Society of Jesus of Argentina in 1976, had asked to leave their pastoral work following conflict within the Society over how to respond to the new military dictatorship, with some priests advocating a violent overthrow. Bergoglio's spokesman has flatly denied the allegations. No evidence was presented linking the cardinal to this crime

Francis I became the winner after receiving at least 77 votes, which is more than two-thirds of the cardinals.


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Pope Francis Inauguration LIVE: Updates On Pope Francis Installation Mass

UPDATE: On Tuesday, the Vatican will host recently elected Pope Francis I's Installation Mass. Over one hundred and thirty two delegations from around the world will attend the ceremony. There will also be representatives from the Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Sikh and Jain communities.

The Papal conclave of 2013 is to be convened as a result of the pending resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. On February 11, Pope Benedict XVI announced he'd step down on February 28 — becoming the first pope to resign in almost six centuries. 

Cardinal-Bishop Giovanni Battista Re, from Italy, the most senior cardinal-bishop under 80-years-old, will be presiding the conclave — following a 1996 apostolic constitution by then Pope John Paul II that fixed the start date of the papal conclave at 15 to 20 days after the papacy becomes vacant.

However, because the upcoming vacancy has been known since mid-February, and because of the approaching Holy Week, there has been discussion about beginning the conclave sooner (the Vatican confirmed on February 25 that Benedict XVI issued a motu proprio to provide for a change).

The rule change leaves the College of Cardinals the possibility to bring forward the start of the conclave once all cardinals are present. The Pope also amended the conclave law to allow for the "automatic excommunication" of any non-cardinal who broke the absolute oath of secrecy of the College of Cardinals during the proceedings to select the new pope.