Skip to comments.Thousands fill St. Peter's Square for Pope Francis installation
Posted on 03/19/2013 1:00:18 AM PDT by Ron C.
(Fox News excerpt of AP)
VATICAN CITY Thousands of people are pouring into St. Peter's Square to witness the official start of the papacy of the first pope from the New World.
The installation Mass is simpler than the 2005 ceremony for Pope Benedict XVI in keeping with Francis' style, but still grand enough to draw 132 official delegations and religious leaders from around the world, including the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians who is attending for the first time since the two branches of Christianity split 1,000 years ago.
(Bold print above not in the original - the question for FReepers, who do you think they are referring to?!)
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The Patriarch of Constantinople?
The Papal installation ceremony is being carried live on EWTN now.
I did a google search of ‘Orthodox Christian leader of the world’ - came up with only the fox piece and this post. Nothing else. I think the AP writer is delusional. LOL
REQUEST mod to upgrade to LIVE THREAD - PAPAL INAGURATION CEREMONY
Pope passed through St. Peter’s Square on Popemobile in front of huge crowd awhile ago. Went into the palace to change vestments.
Inaugural mass should begin very soon.
Hrm? You’re plainly ignorant. The leader of the Orthodox world is the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople - who will be attending Pope Francis’ installation mass.
This fellow here.
LIVE THREAD -
Its televised on EWTN.
Lovely morning in Rome - clear day and the sun is up!
Wish I had EWTN!
Lots of national delegations awaiting the beginning of the Inaugural Mass.
I’m seeing it here at night in Colorado on Optimum West CH 56!
Large crowd with lots of national flags - a virtual parade of the nations at the Vatican today!
Inside palace - Pope going to mass with retinue and Swiss guards.
Pope Francis in simple white cloak and the zuchetto.
Pope Francis just prayed at Tomb Of St. Peter’s and blessed it wit incense.
Pope resumes praying.
Pope left St. Peter’s Tomb. Now crowned with miter. Cardinals of Church going to plaza.
Now Pope with miter and staff is following the cardinals to the plaza.
Keep those updates coming for those of us who cannot watch! :)
Pope stopped at altar, his miter was removed, he gave incense to a representation of the Madonna and Child.
Now seated, Pope Francis is now receiving the palladium and woolen stole that are symbols of papal authority.
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