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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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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.


Obama White Smoke Joke: President Jokes About Conclave

According to CNN, President Barack Obama, who was on a phone conversation with Republican leaders when white smoke emerged from the Sistine Chapel chimney, interrupted said call to joke about the event — which signifies that the 115 cardinals convened in The Vatican have indeed elected a replacement for former Pope Benedict XVI, who shocked the world by resigning last February citing health reasons. Though it has not yet been reported what Obama's joke was, Twitter is already abuzz with their own versions:

Habemus Papam: What Does It Mean

"Habemus Papam" is the Latin term to announce "We Have a Pope." And it's announced right after white smoke emerges from the Sistine Chapel chimney — the sign that the 115 cardinals convened in The Vatican to elect a new pontiff, after the sudden and shocking resignation of former Pope Benedict, have indeed competed their task. According to CNN, the name and identity of the new pope will be revealed at any minute from the iconic balcony. Click here for a list of the frontrunners

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran Will Announce the New Pope

HABEMUS PAPAM! As white smoke is still emerging from the Sistine Chapel chimney, the sign that the 115 cardinals who convened in The Vatican to elect a replacement for former Pope Benedict XVI — who shocked the world in February by resigning from his post citing health reasons — have successfully competed their mission. According to CNN, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran will reveal the name of the new pontiff within the hour. Then, the new pope will show up at the legendary balcony to address the millions of pilgrims and tourists who have been waiting in anticipation since Tuesday. Click here for a list of the front runners.  


Who is the New Pope: New Pontiff Elected in The Vatican

The 115 cardinals convened in The Vatican have elected a new pope after the sudden resignation of former Pope Benedict XVI, who cited health reasons for his departure. According to CNN, the name of the new pontiff will be revealed within the hour. Front runners include; Cardinal Peter Turkson, who would be the first black pope, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Cardinal Francis Arinze, Archbishop Angelo Scola, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone and Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco. Click here for a list of the front runners along with their backgrounds. 


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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.