Pope Francis’ inauguration mass has kicked off with different cardinals from across the world in Rome to witness the lifetime religious event.
Pope Francis made a tour of St Peter’s Square to greet the faithful before Mass at 09:30 (08:30 GMT).
After delivering a homily, he was presented with his papal pallium made of lambs’ wool and a gold-plated silver “fisherman’s ring” bearing the image of St Paul holding two keys.
During the lengthy ceremony, Francis received the Ring of the Fisherman and the pallium, a special circular strip of cloth. In addition, the cardinals made an act of obedience to the new pontiff.
Francis urged his countrymen not to travel from Argentina for his inauguration, but rather to donate the money they would spend on the trip to the poor. After all, he is already pope — the inaugural mass is simply a sacred celebration of his papacy.