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It’s official: we have a pope! Pope Francis held his inaugural mass on Tuesday with up to one million pilgrims—including Joe Biden and Robert Mugabe—in the Vatican. Francis, the first Jesuit pope, received spontaneous applause as he gave a homily about how “hatred, envy and pride defile our lives”—and ended the homily by asking people to pray for him. Francis received his papal palladium made of lamb’s wool and the “fisherman’s ring” bearing the image of St.Peter—officially making him the 266th pope. Francis then received the obedience of the cardinals and the mass officially began. He proved his dedication to the mass was no joke as he exited the Popemobile and kissed a disabled man as part of his trip around through the crowd.
Joe Biden to meet U.S. cardinals, says doesn't want to 'lose my soul'
By Dave Boyer - The Washington Times
March 18, 2013, 01:21PM
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, right, and Italian Premier Mario Monti review ... more >
In Rome for the formal installation of Pope Francis, Vice President Joseph R. Biden wisecracked Monday that he would “lose my soul” if he skipped a reception with U.S. Catholic cardinals.
“We invited the American cardinals to a reception,” Mr. Biden told Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic in a meeting. “So unless I’m prepared to join the Eastern Orthodox Church, as a Roman Catholic, I’d better show up or I’ll lose my soul.”
Mr. Biden, a practicing Catholic, is leading a U.S. delegation that will attend the installation of the new pope on Tuesday. The reception Monday night in Rome will include U.S. lawmakers and officials from the U.S. Embassy.