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Pope vows to ‘embrace poorest’ at grand inauguration

Pope Francis takes part in his inaugural mass in St Peter's Square at the Vatican, on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

Pope Francis knelt at the tomb of St Peter and donned the symbols of papal power at a sumptuous inauguration on Tuesday, vowing to embrace the “poorest, the weakest” of humanity.

Tuesday, 19 March, 2013, 11:04pm

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World leaders head to Rome for pope’s inaugural mass

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (centre) waves next to Foreign Minister Hector Timerman (right), upon arrival in Rome on Sunday. Photo: AFP

World leaders arrived in Rome ahead of an inauguration mass for Pope Francis who receives compatriot President Cristina Kirchner of Argentina on Monday in his first meeting with a head of state.

18 Mar 2013 - 10:48pm