Pope Francis embraces Bartholomew
Pope Francis embraced Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew who attended the inauguration Mass for the pope.
Bartholomew became the first ever Greek Orthodox patriarch to attend pope's inauguration Mass in history.
Following Benedict XVI's resignation who became the first pontiff in 600 years to abdicate last month, Pope Francis, after a two-hour inauguration Mass called for peace. The pope, afterwards, embraced Patriarch Bartholomew and Armenian Catholic Church Patriarch Karekin.
Speaking at the inauguration Mass, the pope touched upon the necessity of the protection of the environment, treating people with love and respect. Pope Francis also added people must avoid signs of apocalypse, hatred, jealousy and pride.
Pope Francis received the greetings of representatives from 132 countries including Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag and several international organizations.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013