Vatican releases pope’s installation mass details

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March 17, 2013 – Pope Francis gestures as he delivers his Angelus prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican. (AP)

SOURCEVATICAN CITY –  The Vatican is releasing details of the pope’s installation Mass on Tuesday as well images of his coat of arms and fisherman’s ring.

In addition to more than 132 government delegations, the Vatican said 33 Christian delegations will be present, as well as representatives from Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Sikh and Jain communities.

The ring that Pope Francis will put on during the Mass once belonged to Pope Paul VI, and is made of gold-plated silver.

Francis’ papal coat of arms is based on the same simple one as he had previously, with the symbol of his Jesuit order.

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Vatican awaits arrival of 5 cardinals ahead of conclave

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March 5, 2013: Cardinals arrive for a meeting, at the Vatican. Tuesday brought a second day of pre-conclave meetings with cardinals to organize the election process and get to know one another. (AP)

VATICAN CITY –  The Vatican is now waiting for five more cardinals to reach Rome before setting the date for the conclave to elect a new pope.

The Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said another handful of cardinals had arrived Monday night, bringing the number of voting-age cardinals up to 110 of the 115 expected to take part.

During the second day of pre-conclave meetings, cardinals asked for information about the management of the Vatican bureaucracy — and managers responded — after cardinals said they wanted to get to the bottom of allegations of corruption and cronyism in the Holy See’s governance.

Also Tuesday, cardinals signed off on a telegram sent to Benedict XVI thanking him for his “brilliant” ministry and his “untiring work in the vineyard of the Lord.”

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