After his election last March 14, 2013, Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergolio now known as Pope Francis was formally installed to papacy in an inauguration mass held today at St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City.
With thousands of crowd (both Catholic and non-Catholics), gathered at St. Peter’s Square, the mass was held to signal the start of Pope Francis Petrine ministry. In the occasion he received the gold plated fisherman’s ring which symbolizes succession to the throne previously held by the first Pope of the church, St. Peter (who is a fisherman). He was also given the pallium a narrow stole of white wool which is the same pallium worn by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI during his pontificate.
Before the start of mass, Pope Francis gladly and humbly went down of the pope mobile to bless some children and sick crowds. That simple act touched many people in the crowd and people watching on television. It should how simple and humble the new pontiff is.
During his homily, he concentrated on the example of St. Joseph (who’s celebrating its feast day today). He highlighted the role of Saint Joseph being the protector of the church as the Patron Saint of the Universal Church. He called on everyone to protect Christ in our lives so that we can protect others and all creations. Respecting environment and protecting people whom we should all love and show concern.
All in all, his homily focused on being like St. Joseph, to be a protector. Protector of all creations to whom he said should be dealt with love and tenderness. “Saint Joseph appears as a strong and courageous man, a working man, yet in his heart we see great tenderness, which is not the virtue of the weak but rather a sign of strength of spirit and a capacity for concern, for compassion, for genuine openness to others, for love. We must not be afraid of goodness, of tenderness!”
At the end of his homily, Pope Francis said “Pray for me that the Holy Spirit may may accompany my Petrine ministry.”
He then went back inside the St. Peter’s Basilica afterwards to receive many foreign dignitaries (both religious and government officials) from different countries who were there to witness his investiture.