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Francis Receives Symbols Of Papal Power At Inauguration

Francis Receives Symbols Of Papal Power At Inauguration

Pope Francis knelt at the tomb of St Peter and donned a ring symbolising his new papal powers at a sumptuous inauguration on Tuesday as tens of thousands of pilgrims cheered Latin America’s first pontiff.

Pope Francis swept into a sun-drenched St Peter’s Square to greet the throngs and walked in a procession along the length of the basilica as prelates chanted a Litany of Saints in Latin.

The 265th successor to St Peter, considered the first pope, also received from his cardinals the pallium – a lambswool strip of cloth that symbolises the pope’s role as a shepherd.

The “Fisherman’s Ring” bestowed on him by Angelo Sodano, the dean of the college of cardinals, is a personalised signet ring traditionally worn by popes in honour of St Peter – a fisherman.

 

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