World Anticipates Pope Francis' Inauguration

World | March 19, 2013, Tuesday // 08:24|  views

Argentina Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio waves from a balcony to the tens of thousands gathered below after he was elected the new Pontiff. Photo by EPA/BGNES

The world anticipates the mass for the official inauguration of Pope Francis, which will be held Tuesday morning on "St. Peter" square in the Vatican, Rome.

Top-level delegations from 180 countries will attend the enthronement. The ceremony is to be joined by Royals from Britain, Spain and Belgium.

Bulgarian President, Rosen Plevneliev and leaders from around the world will greet the Head of the Roman Catholic Church.

The US will be represented by Vice President Joe Biden, Argentina - by President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, Brazil - by President with Bulgarian roots Dilma Rousseff.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is also going to be present at the ceremony, which is to be attended by one million people. His visit is seen as a gesture aiming to improve relations between the Christian Orthodox and Catholic Churches.

The Bulgarian National Television, BNT, will air the ceremony live, starting at 10:30 am.

The election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio surprised many observers when it was revealed on Wednesday.

Although, during the 2005 conclave, he reportedly came second to Pope Benedict XVI, who withdrew from the post earlier, few had predicted the election of the first pope from outside Europe in 1 300 years.

Francis, 76, is the first Latin American - and the first Jesuit - Pope. He already gave firm signs he is to stamp his style on the papacy in applauding media and informing the Catholic Church would become "a compassionate NGO" without spiritual renewal.

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