Pope Francis’s first days in office

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Pope Francis has a packed agenda for his first days as pontiff

BUSY SCHEDULE. This handout picture released by the Vatican Press Office shows Argentina's Jorge Bergoglio, elected Pope Francis, appearing at the window of St Peter's Basilica's balcony after being elected the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church on March 13, 2013. AFP PHOTO/OSSERVATORE ROMANO

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis, the first Latin American leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, has a packed agenda for his first days as pontiff.

Here are the main events:

  • THURSDAY: Prays to the Virgin Mary – Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said this could be in the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome.
  • At 1600 GMT presides over a Eucharistic Concelebration with the 115 cardinal electors in the Sistine Chapel.
  • FRIDAY: Audience with the cardinals in the ornate 16th-century Clementine Hall in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican. 1000 GMT.
  • SATURDAY: Meets Vatican journalists and social communication teams at 1000 GMT in the Paul VI Audience Hall, where popes usually hold their weekly general audiences.
  • SUNDAY: Recites his first Angelus prayer from a window of the papal apartments at 1100 GMT, with thousands expected to gather in St Peter’s Square below.
  • TUESDAY, March 19: Papal inauguration Mass on St Joseph’s Day in St Peter’s Square. 0830 GMT.
  • WEDNESDAY, March 20: Audience with the Fraternal Delegation.

Francis is expected to meet with his predecessor Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in the coming days, Lombardi said. – Rappler.com

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